Millwey Rise suffer yet another cancellation

PUBLISHED: 12:06 20 February 2016

Honiton Town FC'S wet pitch. Ref mhsp 06-16TI 0484. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton Town FC'S wet pitch. Ref mhsp 06-16TI 0484. Picture: Terry Ife


Millwey Rise suffered a sixth successive Fresha League Division Six postponement when their Saturday, February 20 home meeting with South Zeal was postponed owing to a waterlogged surface.

It all means that the Millwey Rise first team have not seen any form of competitive football action since their December 12, 2-1 defeat at Royal Oak.

The last time Millwey Rise played a home game was November 28! That’s now a period of 12 weeks since they last ran out for a home game.

Indeed, since late September, Millwey Rise first team have played just three home games – that in a period of 24 long weeks!

That puts an enormous strain on any club’s income streams given that a home match day is generally the main fund raiser when everything, entry fee, match day draw, match day programme, kitchen and, of course, bar sales, is taken into consideration.

Three home matches at first team level across a period September 26 to February 27 (the next scheduled home game for Millwey Rise) is extraordinary and a tough burden for any club to have to bear.

There remain just a dozen Saturday’s in the season from now until Saturday, May 8. Millwey Rise have played just 11 games to date in their Fresha League Division Six campaign and still have 15 to squeeze into those last 12 weeks and they will also have some cup matches to negotiate in that time!

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