WREXHAM must confront a growing fixture backlog in the second half of the season following the postponement of Saturday’s Blue Square Premier match at Ebbsfleet United.
A frozen pitch at Stonebridge Road was assessed as potentially hazardous by match referee Michael Bull, from Essex, but his decision after a mid-morning inspection of the playing surface came too late to prevent hundreds of Dragons fans from making their way to Kent.
The postponement means Wrexham, who have already had to reschedule matches with Barrow and Forest Green Rovers, now have to fit in a further three dates to accommodate the outstanding games against Ebbsfleet, Histon and Northwich Victoria.
A tentative suggestion on Saturday that Wrexham might return to Stonebridge Road tomorrow evening was never more than wishful thinking and the wasted journey left Racecourse manager Dean Saunders frustrated.
“After going all that way it is disappointing that we could not get the game on,” he said yesterday.
“Ebbsfleet have had a poor run lately and they had played four games in little more than eight days, so we fancied our chances of getting another win there.
“But everything is for a reason and it was not meant to be, so we just have to get on with it and look ahead to the next match.”
The Dragons boss admitted to some sympathy with the match official after coach Brian Carey was sent from the team’s overnight hotel to hear the verdict.
“Brian said that a part of the pitch was frozen so we could not have played and I don’t have any complaints about the referee’s decision,” added Saunders.
“The only question was whether it would have been better to give the sunshine a further hour or so, but even that might not have made any difference.”
With up to five matches now in hand on some of the other clubs, Saunders went on: “We will have to cram the games in now so we need to make sure we have got enough players available when they start piling up.”
Everyone at the Racecourse will be hoping that this Saturday’s FA Trophy tie at Basingstoke Town goes ahead as planned after the Blue Square South outfit’s match with Welling United also fell victim to the weekend’s cold temperatures.
The cold weather is forecast to continue throughout the week, particularly in the south, but Wrexham’s preparations began yesterday when Saunders had his senior squad in for training on the artificial pitch at Colliers Park.
He has arranged two friendly matches this week, at Newtown tomorrow evening and at Crewe Alexandra the following day, and said places were up for grabs.
“Some of the players need games more than others and there will be scope to give quite a few of them a run-out this week,” added Saunders. “We have an important cup game coming up and we can use the two friendlies to assess who should be in the squad for the weekend.”