Vikings sit out another match day as league postponement count reaches number 500


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Sidmouth Town did not have a game last Saturday and it’s a similar case tomorrow (March 17).

It’s probably a good thing that Josh Stunell’s men did not have a scheduled match for, with another soggy Saturday leading to countless postponements, they are not looking at having yet another match re-arranged.

The gentleman responsible for finding new dates for the first team games is South West Peninsula League secretary Phil Hiscox who, during the midweek, was forced to make his 500th fixture change this season!

Since early December the postponement count has grown and grown.

Including tomorrow, there are just eight Saturdays left in the league season and, while Town’s first team are not yet facing a case of ‘serious congestion’ – Josh Stunell’s men have nine games to play – Torridgeside, currently mid-table in the Eastern Division, have half their season left to play – 16 league games!

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That figure is topped by Premier Division Bodmin Town, who still have 20 league games to play – and that’s going to be over the final 52 days of the season!

In terms of the number of games left for Town, not including a number of cup ties (Town thirds saw their Wednesday night Golesworthy Cup tie postponed owing to a waterlogged Manstone Lane pitch), there are 39 games left with those aforementioned nine for the first team, 13 for the second team, nine for the third XI and 11 for the fourth team.

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In terms of the action tomorrow (March 17), the second team travel to Chard Town, the third team entertain Cranbrook.

However, the fourth team, who still have 11 matches left, are the unfortunate ‘odd team out’ this weekend in Division Nine (the section has 15 teams this season) and so they must sit out another matchday – but for once not because of an unfit pitch!

Town are next in action tomorrow week (March 24) when they travel to Ilfracombe and follow that three days later with a visit to Bovey Tracey.

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