No relief for rain men

PUBLISHED: 11:31 18 January 2007 | UPDATED: 14:57 12 May 2010

BUNTINGFORD Town face a fixture pile-up after Saturday s Aubrey Cup game at Hadley was postponed. Town have played only five games in the last 11 weeks, leaving boss Paul Attfield, pictured above, a worried man. We re not talking about a couple of weeks

BUNTINGFORD Town face a fixture pile-up after Saturday's Aubrey Cup game at Hadley was postponed.

Town have played only five games in the last 11 weeks, leaving boss Paul Attfield, pictured above, a worried man.

"We're not talking about a couple of weeks - the problem goes back to November," he said.

"Players lose their sharpness and match fitness.

"We're continuing to train but it's not the same as playing games.

"We've got 17 league games to play in 16 weeks, and we're still in both the league and floodlight cups, so there's at least five more games there.

"One difficulty this year is that I've brought more youth players into the first team, and their fixture backlog is even worse.

"Obviously, the first team take precedence, but at some point there has to be a balance when they are in semi-finals and finals.

"It's becoming a real problem, and there aren't any signs of the weather getting tropical."

The game against Hadley will now be played on February 3, while last Wednesday's postponed Herts Floodlight Cup game against Wodson Park has yet to be rescheduled.

Town will try to play their first game since December 23 on Saturday when they host Codicote at The Bury, kick off 2pm.

Ironically, Town's last game was also against Codicote when they won 3-2 thanks to a brace of goals from Mark Wright and a deflection from Chris Hardy.

Town's reserve team did manage to play on Saturday, as they defeated neighbours Standon & Puckeridge 3-0 at The Bury.

Tim Jarman gave them the perfect start with a goal after just two minutes, and second half strikes from Phil Fisher and Sam Lee wrapped up the points.

Buntingford reserves travel to Hatfield in the league cup this week.

- Royston Town face a fourth successive weekend without a fixture, following the refusal of Colney Heath to rearrange their outstanding Spartan South Midlands game at Garden Walk.

The two teams are due to meet on Tuesday, February 27, but with neither side having a game on Saturday, the Crows tried to get the game brought forward - only for Heath to refuse.

"We were surprised they wouldn't play us," admitted chairman Graham Phillips.

"It's only half-an-hour away, but I would have thought they would have preferred to play us on a Saturday.

"We would have bitten their hand off if the situation had been reversed."

Having not played since December 23, the Crows hope to return to action on Tuesday evening when they travel to United Counties League Division One high-flyers Eynesbury Rovers in the East Anglian Cup.

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