Bacup manager hits out at 'chaotic' cup schedule

Bacup manager Brent Peters

Bacup manager Brent Peters

First published in North West Counties

BACUP Borough manager Brent Peters has hit out at the ‘chaotic’ schedule of fixtures that has seen his men finish their campaign with five North West Counties Premier Division games in five days.

Borough started their mammoth run last night at home to AFC Blackpool and entertain Winsford tonight before a trip to AFC Liverpool tomorrow and a West View clash with Stone Dominoes on Friday.

They then wrap up their campaign with a home meeting with Bootle on Saturday – and while Peters admits that the weather has played a part, especially between November and February, he also says there is issues with the timing of FA competitions earlier in the season.

“The reason why there is always a problem with many clubs not finishing on time every football season is not wholly down to the bad weather conditions,” said Peters.

“It does most certainly contribute but for me it goes further than this.

“The timing of the extra preliminary rounds of the FA Cup and FA Vase do not help, the fact that these are on a Saturday which from the off does have an impact on league fixtures.

“The competitions come round every two weeks and any team successful will constantly miss their Saturday domestic fixture, so in a four-week period a team not in these competitions would have played eight league games while the team entering them will have only played four.

“Clubs that are successful are being penalised when it comes to the back end of their season.”

Peters is a fan of a radical switch from the traditional winter season to a campaign running from March to October and added: “I just wish the FA would wake up and smell the coffee.”

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