CO-PROMOTER Danny Ford admitted he was “gutted” Pirates were denied the chance to extend their advantage at the top of the SGB Premiership.

Rain forced the defending champions’ league contest against Ipswich to be abandoned without a wheel being turned at Wimborne Road.

Speaking after the meeting was called off, Ford told the Daily Echo: “We were obviously gutted. We waited until the last minute hoping it would clear up but it was not on our side.

“I’m sorry to the fans but it’s just one of those things.

“We have had pretty good luck throughout the whole year – it was probably about time it caught up with us.”

He added: “Ipswich had been struggling with a few results and it would have been a great time to get in that fixture for us, given the form we were on as well.

“But these things happen and there was not a lot we could do.”

Pirates’ next clash comes against Swindon on August 19.