SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Daventry facing a fixtures headache

SNOW AWAY! - Daventry Town were forced to postpone two home matches this week due to snow
SNOW AWAY! - Daventry Town were forced to postpone two home matches this week due to snow

Daventry Town are facing a fixture backlog which could hit their chances of claiming a top five slot in Division One Central and a place in the promotion play-offs.

Town have seen another two home matches postponed in the past few days, with Saturday’s clash with Thatcham and Tuesday’s showdown with Leighton Town both called off due to a snow-covered pitch at Communications Park.

That takes the total postponements suffered by Darran Foster’s men so far this season to 11, and means they are in for a hectic schedule between now and April 27, the cut-off date for the regular Southern League season.

Town still have 18 league matches to play in the space of nine weeks, starting with Saturday’s trip to Chertsey.

They then have to play Burnham (at home, Feb 23), Beaconsfield SYCOB (a, Feb 25), Slough Town (a, March 2), North Greenford United (h, March 5), Godalming Town (h, March 9), Slough Town (h, March 12), AFC Hayes (a, March 16), Barton Rovers (a, March 19), Biggleswade Town (h, March 23), Uxbridge (h, March 30), Woodford United (a, April 1), Ashford Town (h, April 6), Aylesbury (a, April 13), Fleet Town (h, April 20) and Guildford City (a, April 27), as well as rearranging the Thatcham and Leighton fixtures.

It’s already a crowded fixture list, there is no guarantee the weather won’t claim more fixtures in the coming weeks, and Daventry Town publicity officer Jim Davis admitted the season-closing date of April 27 may have to be extended: “We are in a better position than most clubs.

“North Greenford United and Ayesbury have more 20 games to play as do Slough. So what will the league decide to do, should we have any more postponements?”

Daventry’s neighbours Woodford, who are at home to Guildford on Saturday at Byfield Road (ko 3pm), are also facing a busy time as they still have 17 fixtures to fulfil.