DUDLEY Kingswinford’s late postponement against Melbourne was a “frustrating” call but made for the right reasons, according to boss Neil Shillingford.

DK were hoping to maintain their push for Midlands One West promotion before the game in South Derbyshire fell victim to the weather.

Shillingford, DK’s director of rugby, expressed frustration at the call to postpone the match being made, but added: “We understand why they had to call it off. We were sent pictures of the pitch and it would have been unplayable.

“We’re at a crucial time in the season with just a handful of games left to play, and if we want any chance of taking top spot from Burton we need all the bonus points we can get.

“On that pitch there would have been very difficult for us to play attractive rugby and score four tries, so it might even be to our benefit that it was called off.”

DK, who now haven’t played since a 33-5 win over Hereford on February 17, have another free week this weekend before the team heads to Moseley Oak on Saturday, March 24.

Shillingford added: “Over the next two weeks we need to keep up our training so we’re in the best position possible to take a run at Burton.

“I do struggle to see Burton actually slipping up, but a few teams have given them good games recently so you don’t know what might happen.

“We just need to focus on ourselves, see if we can consolidate a play-off position and capitalise on any slip ups from the others.”