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‘No panic’ for Bulls after cup clash called off

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JERSEY BULLS bosses remain unfazed by the knock-on effects of fixture postponements, despite being handed another logistical challenge this week.

A quacking call: Godalming Town postponed the cup clash early, following an 8.30am pitch inspection, to prevent Jersey Bulls from wasting a journey. Torrential rain ensued on Tuesday afternoon Picture: GILES PATTISON

Tuesday's Combined Counties Division I Challenge Cup trip to Godalming Town was called off due to a waterlogged pitch in Surrey, leaving the Island club with another round of flights to rebook.

League ties at Chessington & Hook and Ash United are also awaiting new dates – possibly back-to-back over the same weekend as Bulls seek to minimise costs and disruption to players’ lives away from football.

With travel insurance softening the blow financially, Bulls chairman Russell Le Feuvre says the latest postponement is not a huge concern and admits that it could actually benefit Gary Freeman’s squad.

‘If anything it gives the players a bit more of a rest ... it’s a great chance for them to recover before another away game this Saturday,’ said Le Feuvre.

‘There are always going to be postponements, it’s the nature of the game at this level. Lots of games are being postponed and quite a few teams in the league have played a lot fewer games than us.

‘We’re not in any panic. We’ve got three dates free in April and they won’t knock on and have effect on the Muratti in May. We’ll make sure we’re finished and out the way.

‘If you look at what’s happened to Guernsey FC over the years and see how many postponements they had at this level, we’re still way below that. And the fact that we’ve got a 3G pitch is ensuring that all of our home games are going ahead.

‘It’s just a case of monitoring and filling in the fixtures as we go along. The league leaves free dates to cater for the fact that in January and February we will have poor weather.’

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A two-game weekend to square away the Ash and Chessington fixtures has been proposed in light of Bulls’ dominant position in CCL Division I. They sit 30 points above the promotion line after 21 games and could seal promotion by mid February.

Le Feuvre added: ‘Based on where we are in the league, playing two in two days should be fine.’

Bulls have already doubled up once so far this season – playing two games in two days over August Bank Holiday weekend due to flight schedules – although they are some way off trumping Guernsey FC's monstrous CCL Premier Division backlog in 2013. The Sarnians played 16 games in the 30 days of April that year.

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