Daventry Town facing a fixture headache after third postponement

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Daventry Town are facing a fixture headache after Tuesday’s game at Potters Bar Town was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Daventry have not played since beating Northwood by 2-0 at Communications Park on December 28

Since then Daventry have had a plum New Year’s Day fixture at home to Kettering Town called off and saw their match at Ashford go the same way last Saturday.

Daventry boss Darran Foster is desperate to start playing matches again, as his team have only played 18 league games all season, five games less than promotion hopefuls Rugby Town and Slough Town, due to the clubs successful run in both the FA Cup and FA Trophy competitions.

Daventry played 15 cup matches during the first four months of the season, a sequence of results which boosted the club’s finances and profile, but left them playing catch up in the league.

Matches are not the only problem worrying Foster, the Communications Park pitch has also become saturated with rainwater and needs to drain, so the regular weekly training sessions on the pitch have had to stop, which has prompted Foster to talk with The Parker Academy School, looking at the possibility of using the school’s all-weather pitch for training over the next few weeks.

The Calor League season has to finish on Saturday, April 26, so that play off semi-finals and final matches can take place over the following two weeks. The Football Association insists all league games are completed before those dates.

Daventry have 24 matches to play in 15 weeks. The worst of the winter weather is usually in February, and if any more matches are lost to poor weather, Daventry could be playing two matches a week until the end of the season.

This could seriously affect the club’s push for promotion, players could suffer injuries due to playing too many matches and not having enough time to recover. It could test the fitness, stamina and work commitments of players who also have full time jobs!

On Saturday, Daventry are due to travel to Egham before a string of home fixtures, starting with play-off hopefuls Barton Rovers next Tuesday (Jan 14), Aylesbury (Jan 18) and Marlow (Jan 21).