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Bungay Town facing up to fixture pile-up

PUBLISHED: 09:20 16 February 2018

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Bungay Town had yet another blank Saturday as their Suffolk Senior Cup quarter-final tie at Lakenheath fell victim to a waterlogged pitch — adding to an already grim fixture pile-up.

Now in the middle of February, they have played just four times since December 2, and with only 11 Saturdays left up to the end of April, they have at least 17 games left to play, bringing a fixture headache for the Anglian Combination and Black Dogs’ manager Richard Daniels.

Though home games can run into early May, they then clash with cricket at the Maltings Meadow, so it seems likely half a dozen games will have to be dated as evening fixtures. That means playing twice a week, through April at least and probably part of March. And in turn evening games can create problems with the availability of players.

The Black Dogs have played at least five games fewer than every other Division One side this season, and eight fewer than some, and the postponements are threatening their promotion push. If they could count on winning their games in hand they would sit equal second and in a promotion position, but any club would tell you that points in the bag are infinitely better than games in hand, particularly with a backlog of fixtures.

Daniels has already acknowledged this threat to the club’s Premier Division aspirations.

“My fear is we are going to be punished in the long run for two good cup runs and all the postponements. Cup success may come back to haunt us,” he said.

But he has a big squad, with strong cover in every position, good morale and good camaraderie, and those qualities will be vital over the coming 10 weeks if they are to put together the consistent run of wins which will be needed.

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