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FOOTBALL: Taunton Town take cash hit as a result of the weather
10:03am Friday 21st February 2014 in Sport
TAUNTON Town’s fixture backlog has worsened after their two most recent Calor League games were again postponed due to the weather.
Last weekend’s match with table toppers Merthyr Town along with Tuesday evening’s meeting with Cirencester Town both fell victim to a waterlogged pitch, completely saturated following the persistent rain that has swamped Somerset.
The Peacocks have now had six consecutive home matches called off since last playing at the Viridor Stadium on Boxing Day, and with five away games also postponed in the same period, a rescheduled fixture list will certainly provide Town with a hectic final two months of the season.
Apart from the fixture congestion, the continued absence of home games has put a severe dent in club finances.
Chairman Kevin Sturmey said: “The adverse weather has had a serious impact on our cashflow and while it is difficult to be exact I believe the figure could be near to £20,000.
“A club at our level relies on the turnstile income to pay players’ wages.
“Furthermore, four of our six postponed games have been on a Saturday when the bar will always be busier and the crowd will be bigger compared to a midweek match. That hole in our cashflow will never be replaced.”
Town are on the road this Saturday when they travel to Didcot Town in the Calor League, kick-off 3pm. Nat Pepperell misses the trip to Oxfordshire as he is on holiday.
Despite winning 2-1 at Evesham on Tuesday the Railwaymen sit four places below Taunton in the table place and were soundly beaten 4-0 at the Viridor Stadium in early November.
That result began a six-match winning run for Town and team captain Jamie Price is eager to get back playing and regain that form.
He said: “The postponements we have had lately have been a nightmare for the club and the players.
“We are desperate to get back on the pitch now we are at full strength to get on another winning run and push ourselves up to where we think we should be – at least top eight after the indifferent start we had.”
Price, who plays at full-back and is in his third spell with the Peacocks, added: “The season so far has been very different to any other that I have had. “Pre-season couldn’t have gone much better with everyone fit and looking sharp. We scored lots of goals and only lost one game to a full-strength Newport County side.
“Since our first league game away at Evesham, we literally went from having a really strong side to having different players getting injured in virtually every match which impacted our start to the season big time as many were key players.
“It took until Christmas to get a full strength squad back and now Leigh and Martyn are going to have headaches picking their first 11, which is better than scratching around clubs trying to get players to fill in.”
On Tuesday evening, Taunton go to Toolstation league, first division side Wells City in the quarter-finals of the Somerset Premier Cup, kick-off 7.30pm.
The Peacocks will not want to be reminded of their last visit to Wells, in November 2009, when the home side snatched a 90th minute winner for a 1-0 victory in the same competition. The tie will be settled with extra time and penalties on the night if necessary.