Daventry boss Foster says latest double postponement is an ‘absolute nightmare’

Daventry Town boss Darran Foster
Daventry Town boss Darran Foster

Daventry Town boss Darran Foster has admitted that the latest two postponements for his side are ‘an absolute nightmare’.

Saturday’s Communications Park showdown with leaders Dunstable and Tuesday’s trip to Hayes were both called off due to waterlogged pitches.

Daventry are facing a huge fixture headache over the last three months of the season, with 21 league fixtures and the final of the NFA Hillier Senior Cup still to plaay.

Foster said: “It is very frustrating; the weather is definitely beating us up this year as there seems to be no let-up in the number of matches being postponed.

“We always knew it was going to be catch-up after the excellent FA Cup run, but the terrible weather has made the situation a lot worse.

“It has now become an absolute nightmare!

“It feels like pre –season all over again! Training is always important, but it can become a little monotonous for the players, when they are training three times a week.

“But without any match play at the end of the week, you can see their frustration, they are desperate to play football again!

“I don’t think there is any chance that the league will extend the season to help clubs get their matches played.

“Last season Slough Town had the same problem.

“They played 14 matches in the last four weeks of the season and missed out on the play – offs by just one point to Beaconsfield SYCOB.”

The Calor League season has to finish on Saturday, April 26, so that play off semi-finals can be played on April 29 with the play-off final on Monday, May 5. Matches are not the only problem for Foster, as the Communications Park pitch has also become saturated with rainwater and needs time to drain.

This means the regular training sessions on the pitch have had to stop, which has prompted Foster to talk to The Parker Academy School, about using their all-purpose football pitch.

This year Daventry have already had a plum New Year`s Day fixture at home to Kettering Town called off and have now seen games against Ashford Town, Potters Bar, Egham United, Aylesbury United, AFC Hayes and Dunstable Town all postponed, due to waterlogged pitches.

Daventry have played just three games this year and Foster is desperate to start playing regular matches again.

His team has only played 21 league games all season, six less than promotion hopefuls Rugby Town and five fewer than challengers Northwood and Slough Town.

Daventry played 15 FA Cup and FA Trophy matches during the first four months of the season, a sequence of results which boosted the clubs finances and profile, but have left them playing catch up in the league.

Daventry are currently sixth in the table, four points behind third-placed Beaconsfield SYCOB, who have played four more matches.

There are just six points separating Beaconsfield in third and Kettering Town in ninth, with the number of matches played by clubs ranges from 21 to 27.

Daventry Town are 16 points short of top of the table Dunstable, who have played just four more matches.

Town now have 21 matches to play in 12 weeks.

With the worst of the winter weather usually in February, if any more matches are lost to poor weather, which is likely, Daventry could be playing three matches a week by the end of the season.

Daventry will also need to play the Hillier Cup final against Cogenhoe United, possibly on Tuesday, April 15.

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, and having to play matches on heavy pitches throughout the winter could test the fitness, stamina and work commitments of players who also have full-time jobs.

Daventry Town are due to visit Uxbridge this Saturday before the highly anticipated rearranged encounter with county rivals Kettering Town at Communications Park next Tuesday.