Aylesbury clubs ‘worst hit by weather’ admit league bosses

Aylesbury FC and Aylesbury United's managers said it was the worst they have ever known and league bosses have now confirmed they are the two clubs most affected by the winter washout
Aylesbury FC and Aylesbury United's managers said it was the worst they have ever known and league bosses have now confirmed they are the two clubs most affected by the winter washout
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Calor Southern League chiefs have told The Bucks Herald that Aylesbury United and Aylesbury FC are two of the clubs worst affected by postponements this season.

League officials also said they have ‘no contingency plans’ in place to deal with a fixture backlog which they admit ‘could yet be the worst ever’.

League chairman Ken Turner said: “There are no contingency plans at present since we are still 12 weeks away from the end of the season and therefore there are enough matchdays for games to be played.”

Managers Tony Joyce and Steve Bateman, who have a combined 55 years experience of involvement in non-league football, both feel it is the worst season they can remember. But Turner disagreed.

He said: “Although the recent spell of bad weather may have led to probably one of the most prolonged periods of postponements, the fixture situation has not, as yet, reached anywhere near a crisis neither is it the worst in my memory.”

Pressed on which were the worst years, Turner said: “Off the top of my head I am unable to pinpoint any of the ‘worst’ years and not knowing what is to come weather-wise, this season might or might not take the prize.”

Ducks boss Joyce said he felt it would be ‘unreasonable and impossible’ for teams to play any more than three matches a week. However, Turner said the league did not set a maximum number of games to play per week in an effort to catch-up.

FC boss Bateman said: “I can recall when I was manager of Berkhamsted Town we were once forced to play five games in five days in an effort to catch-up.

“It was sheer lunacy and I made my feelings perfectly clear afterwards.

“I feel that compared to some of the ridiculous things that have been trialled in the past – for example when there was an option in the early 2000’s for a few seasons to replace throw-ins with kick-ins – to request that the league look at restructuring the fixture list for next season is not unreasonable.”

Turner said he could not respond directly to managers’ comments made in the press, but he added: “I do not anticipate there to be any major changes in the league’s fixture compilation policy.

“It will be the firm objective of the league to complete the current programme on schedule.”

Currently, United face having to play a minimum of 22 games in 11 weeks while FC are faced with a minimum of 15 games in 11 weeks.

That is not taking into account any more postponements.