By Mark Armstrong
Friday, February 1, 2013
Lowestoft Town suffered their fifth consecutive postponement yesterday leaving their promotion hopes hanging in the balance.
The Blues were scheduled to visit second-placed Wealdstone but were informed at lunchtime on Friday that the match would not be able to go ahead due to a waterlogged pitch. Lowestoft are already 16 points off league leaders Whitehawk with five games in hand and the Sussex outfit will have the chance to extend that this afternoon when they entertain Lewes.
It is the third consecutive season the Blues have been forced to clear a fixture backlog in the second half of the season. At the start of the campaign director of football Craig Fleming formed a plan to try and avoid this scenario but that now lays in tatters due to the weather.
“We spoke at the start of the season because we didn’t want to be playing catch-up as we have been in the past two seasons,” he said. “We decided to prioritise the FA Cup and the FA Vase, with the League Cup and the Suffolk Premier Cup just behind.
“We had a decent run in the FA Cup but then we found after that every time we were due to play a league game our opposition were in cup action. So with how the weather has hit us it hasn’t really worked for us – not through anyone’s fault. But we have to get on with it.”
Fleming acknowledges the fact Whitehawk are in pole position to secure the one automatic promotion slot. Lowestoft would go just a point behind them in second if they were to win all their games in hand but if the last two seasons have taught the Blues anything it is that it is much better to have points on the board. “It’s a concern – we would obviously prefer to be a lot closer (to Whitehawk),” he said. “I expect there to be some twists and turns before the end of the season and hopefully that will mean they won’t be able to get away. We have got to play them at home, which is a plus but there’s no getting away from the fact that we have got a bit to do.”