Buckland Athletic manager Adam Castle says the Western League and Football Association should be ‘embarrassed’ that the club have been asked to play four games in four days – and six in eight.
Devon side Buckland are in the midst of a battle for promotion to the Southern League – but an eight-game series of postponements because of the bad weather in March and April, plus a couple of cup runs, means they still have nine league games and a possible two cup games to play. On Saturday, Buckland will start a run of games that will also see them play on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
All of the club’s players have day jobs and will be heading from Newton Abbot to places like Bridport or Street for evening kick-offs that could make or break their season. Castle, who actually lives in Cork in Ireland, and travels over for games, thinks asking players to play that many games in such a limited amount of time could also be quite harmful.
“Our fixture congestion is a joke and actually quite dangerous,” he said. “We are being made to play four games in four days.
“The is farcical and the Toolstation Western League and the FA should be embarrassed with themselves for enforcing that on lads that will be working all day as well.”
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