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Horsham football teams fixture problems continue as the bad weather sees no end

Despite the atrocious weather that has affected fixtures across the South it is believed to be unlikely that the Ryman League will extend the season to accommodate the outstanding fixtures.
The Sussex County Football League, in which Horsham YMCA and Broadbridge Heath FC play, will however be making an application to the FA to have their season extended.
Ryman League side Horsham FC have only managed to play four of their matches since Christmas and are now left with a situation of having to fit in at least 2 games a week from now to the end of the season. Some Ryman League clubs are in a worse situation having to fit as many as 24 league matches as well as cup games during the remaining 10 weeks of the scheduled season.
It is felt that the Sussex County League may be successful in their request to the FA as a similar one week extension was applied last season. SCFL chairman Steve Nealgrove has admitted that dates to reschedule postponed fixtures are now running out and that they will ask for another week’s extension to the season as they did last year.
It is a different situation with Ryman League clubs as there are contractual issues regarding players and clubs, pre-planned play-off dates, promotion, relegation and league ratification matters for season 2014/15 for which the FA have deadlines set for. The contractual element represent the biggest issue as If the season were to be extended all players would require further payment to accommodate the fixture pile up. This would impact on clubs who don’t have such a fixture backlog resulting in those clubs having to pay players unnecessarily.
As it is very unlikely these clubs will want to incur additional costs, even more unlikely the players would agree to not accept further payments and the prospect of further storms to come it promises to be a very hectic last few weeks of the football season.

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