Honiton Town boss speaks about fixture congestion coming up for his team

PUBLISHED: 15:37 19 March 2013 | UPDATED: 15:37 19 March 2013

A wet footbal pitch

A wet footbal pitch


Honiton Town suffered yet another postponement on Saturday when their Fresha League trip to Dawlish United was rained off.

That means that no fewer than nine of the last 15 match days have been lost to the weather for Town and it’s created something of a serious build-up of fixtures for the team to compete their league campaign.

They have played fewer than any other side across the Fresha League nine divisions, completing just eight of their Division Two matches in the 28 weeks that the season has been running so far.

They are currently faced with playing another 18 and only have nine with conformed dates between now and the first Saturday in May.

That means they already face 9 games in 42 days with another nine still to be squeezed in!

Since their opening game in early September they have managed two league games that first month, one in October, two in November, one in December just one in January and two in February!

Town boss Kev Blackwell says: “I think I may have to allow the players to set up family albums to take to matches so they can keep a check on their families for they are going to be spending a lot of time over the next few weeks with their football team colleagues! On a more serious we are fortunate to have around 18 players who are all willing to do their bit for the cause so, as the games do come thick and fast, we will be able to endure we get competitive teams out onto the pitch.”

Town are in action this Saturday with a Mountbatten Park meeting with Exeter Civil Service who they then play the week after in a swift league return in Exeter.

Blackwell says; “What I am so keen to do is ensure we do not let this season fizzle out. With so much of it left given the games we still have to play it is not beyond the realms of possibility that we could yet mount a serious promotion challenge. However, for that to come to fruition we are going to really rely heavily on the good will of the players and their families as we bid to plough our way through 18 games in next to no time over the last few weeks of the campaign.”

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