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League facing fixture chaos

PUBLISHED: 13:22 11 February 2009 | UPDATED: 13:28 24 August 2010

By Matthew Webb BAD weather has caused a massive fixture pile-up in the Middlesex County League, with league authorities admitting that teams are really struggling to complete the campaign. Division One side Copland still have over half of their 22 fixt

By Matthew Webb

BAD weather has caused a massive fixture pile-up in the Middlesex County League, with league authorities admitting that teams are "really struggling" to complete the campaign.

Division One side Copland still have over half of their 22 fixtures to play in just under three months, and fixture compilers are feeling the heat with deadlines to meet.

Over 40 fixtures are unscheduled in Division One due to a wide number of postponements and Copland are set to appear in eight of those matches.

According to the league's general secretary Stephen Hosmer, the bad weather over the past few months has left many teams panicking.

"It's an absolute nightmare," admitted Hosmer. "Our fixtures secretary Bob Langley, like me, is beginning to panic as we are really struggling. We are already looking well into May before we even come to finish the season.

"However, we are flexible. In our handbook we have put down that fixtures may take place until the end of May and not April, which is the case in some leagues," he said.

The league campaign may have some flexibility, but cup competitions at semi-professional and amateur level have been thrown into disarray.

"Cup competitions have come into chaos," said Hosmer. "With the finals scheduled for a fixed date, the rounds that take place before them are seriously coming into doubt. For the minute, cup competition is taking priority.

"It is almost as bad as when we had a cold snap five years ago, as we eventually had to call off the cup competitions. The worst case scenario is that we will have double headers in the league campaign.


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