AT this time of year postponements are part and parcel of amateur football – but spare a thought for Malpas FC.
By the time Denton Town visit the Malpas & District Sports Club on Saturday (2pm), it will be an incredible 77 days since the Wrexham Road outfit’s first team last played a competitive game.
Malpas were last in action on Saturday, November 20, when they won 1-0 at Barnton to haul themselves off the foot of Division Two.
Since then every single one of their scheduled fixtures – sandwiched between a two-week winter break – have fallen victim to the weather.
It therefore comes as no surprise that the club is desperate to get the clash with table-topping Denton on and stage a home match for the first time in 98 days.
The lay-off could not have come at a worse time for Malpas.
After a tough start to the season Tom O’Keefe’s side – who last played at home on October 30 – have improved considerably and, before the freezing conditions intervened, were showings signs of pulling themselves away from the lower reaches of the table.
After the visit of Denton, Malpas travel to Runcorn Town Reserves on Wednesday for a Division Two Cup quarter-final clash (7.45pm).
Tarporley Victoria, who have had weather woes of their own, are in Division One Cup last-eight action at Club AZ on Saturday (1.30pm).