A FIXTURE clash has plunged North Leigh's preparations for the weekend into chaos.

Craig Dore’s men were expecting to travel to Biggleswade in the BetVictor Southern League Division 1 Central on Saturday.

But their opponents' ground is being used by Biggleswade Town, who are in FA Trophy third qualifying round action.

According to Dore, the Southern League say the match should be played either tomorrow or on Sunday, despite Biggleswade offering to rearrange the game for December 17.

Meanwhile, the Millers have been told by the Oxfordshire FA that they must honour Saturday's Oxfordshire Senior Cup match away to Woodcote & Stoke Row – who have to play home games on Saturdays at 1.30pm in winter due to a lack of floodlights.

Dore revealed this lunchtime that North Leigh would prioritise the game against Woodcote if nothing changes, which could see them punished by the league.

He said: "We have told them we're playing Woodcote.

"If the game (against Biggleswade) was rained off on Saturday, it would be played on December 17 anyway." 

Dore added: “It’s become a really confusing picture for us, we simply don’t know what is going on this weekend.

“The Oxfordshire FA are adamant that their game takes precedent, but the league is also adamant that their game does."

The manager revealed North Leigh had offered Woodcote the chance to play the game at Eynsham Park on a weeknight, which they declined.

The club have appealed to the FA and Dore believes it would be unfair to be expected to play two days in a row.

He said: "We simply won’t be able to get a side out for one of them.

“To say we are in a bit of limbo as a result is an understatement."

The Southern League and the Oxfordshire FA have been approached for comment. 

Meanwhile, North Leigh have signed goalkeeper Freddie Lapworth on loan until the of the season.