Town boss blasts planners 
for causing fixtures headache

Uppingham Town manager Richard Kendrick
Uppingham Town manager Richard Kendrick

The short-sightedness of league organisers has been castigated by Uppingham Town’s manager as their fixtures backlog worsens.

Town’s last two games were postponed due to bad weather but Richard Kendrick has blasted planners for not allowing enough leeway in the schedules for teams to catch up.

With a lack of floodlights at Todd’s Piece preventing Uppingham playing midweek fixtures, and with 18 teams in the PDFL Premier Division, plus cup commitments, he fears Town may struggle to fit all their matches in.

“They say they need the league to be this big to meet the requirements,” said Kendrick, “but I think that’s rubbish - they make the league this big for financial reasons.

“There should really only be 16 teams in the league, meaning 32 fixtures rather than the 36 we have now.

“You could lose five or six games through postponements during a bad weather period and they should allow for that when they draw up the fixture list.

“It’s silly in amateur football at this level, where many of the teams don’t have floodlights so can’t play midweek games.

“The people who sit round the table just don’t think about that. And they’ve added an extra cup tournament as well!

“We’re six fixtures behind now and it will be criminal if they try to make us play Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at the end of the season to catch up.”

Town travel to Riverside, in Yaxley, on Saturday, who lie a point and two places behind them in the league.

The following weekend they play their re-arranged PFA Senior Cup tie at high-flying Whittlesey United, with a President Premier Shield match scheduled a few weeks later at home to King’s Lynn Town Reserves.

Uppingham have not played since defeating Oakham United on December 14 and, with the matches against Whittlesey Blue Star and Peterborough ICA postponed, Kendrick has hardly seen his squad over the Christmas period.

He is expecting to have Tom Hubbard back in goal, freeing up Jamie Binley to play outfield.

“They are all good sides in the Premier and even the bottom sides are good enough on their day to beat the leaders,” he said.

“Riverside will be a difficult fixture for us. We will have to be really committed and focused.”