It’s Saturday and of course that means there isn’t a game for Lewes. It actually could be any day of the week at the moment and the game wouldn’t be on. The rules state that we actually had to wait until Friday to officially call the game off, although the persistent rain during the last week had left a lake the size of the a swimming pool across the pitch.
The latest postponement, the fifth in succession, means that the club have played just two games at the aptly named Dripping Pan since November. Somehow, somewhere we have to fit in nine games that have now been postponed. Lewes aren’t the worst hit team by any means – Grays Athletic have played four games less than us and are still in the Ryman League Cup.
The debate over 3G continues to rage with over 550 games now postponed in the Ryman League. Whilst all of the clubs (bar Maidstone United and Harlow Town) are trying to think of ways to recover the revenues that they have lost, the Ryman League sit silently, waiting for someone to do something. The one thing that is certain is that next season they will have to act differently.
Most clubs and their fans expressed concern about the decision to increase the league size from 22 to 24 teams last year. Winter’s have been harsh in the Non-Leagues in recent times, resulting in some huge fixture pile ups which devalue the whole point of playing a league over nine months. The answer? Well, we could opt out of the Ryman League Cup if we wanted – hardly a compromise in most club’s eyes. Surely the most logical option would have been to start the season a week earlier (as the Football League did) or even extending the season into May (as the Football League do). Common sense? Continue reading