Clubs face fixtures backlog

A blanket of snow covered Communications Park last Friday.
A blanket of snow covered Communications Park last Friday.

A BUSY March awaits Daventry Town, Woodford United and UCL promotion candidates Long Buckby after the weekend white out increased the fixture congestion.

Only Wales and the West Country escaped although a milder conditions this week raised hopes most matches will go ahead up and down the country on Saturday.

Both the Town and the Reds still have 16 Southern League fixtures to fulfil while the Bucks face another 19 encounters before finding out if they will overhaul King’s Lynn at the top of the UCL table.

Daventrey Town face a difficult task with six of the next seven matches against teams in the top 10 of the Central Division table as they bid to climb away from the relegation zone.

The weekend game at Uxbridge sets up an eight-day period in which Mark Kinsella’s team must face all-conquering St Neots (twice) and league leaders Slough Town. In-form Rugby Town are waiting in the wings alongside AFC Hayes.

Before the snow arrived the Saints hit nine goals against Aylesbury with both Stefan Moore and Shane Tolley scoring hat-tricks. The game at St.Neots kicks-off at 7.30pm. next Tuesday followed by the return fixture a week later.

Sandwiched between on Saturday, February 25 comes the Communications Park clash with long-time leaders Slough before Rugby Town attempt to extend their rapid climb up the table on March 3.

March is the month which will probably determine whether or not Daventry can stay clear of the relegation zone this season.

The club must target the key games at Fleet (March 17) and North Greenford at home a fortnight later.

Woodford meanwhile are made of sterner stuff and a 10-point cushion should ensure there are no relegation fears here. In the UCL Daventry United remain seven points above the drop zone.

That leaves Long Buckby as the one bright spot with Glenn Botterill’s men probably needing to win the return fixture with sleeping giants King’s Lynn if they are to win the league and qualify for promotion to the Southern League alongside the Town and Woodford.

Unbeaten so far in 21 UCL outings the Bucks’ have built their succerss around a solid-looking defence which has so far conceded only 14 goals whilst scoring 64 times themselves with an attack spearheaded by ex-Daventry strikers Russell Dunkley and Rob Foster.