Due to the recent deteriorating weather conditions, a plethora of teams in Cornwall is experiencing detrimental levels of inconsistency, making a good run of form increasingly challenging.
Falmouth Town currently lies in fifth place in the South West Peninsula League Premier Division. However, Plymouth Argyle is situated in second place, only seven points ahead of Falmouth. Having played five games less, Falmouth will undoubtedly receive quite a congested fixture list, whereas other teams are able to take advantage of regular breaks during the season.
Whether it be a water-logged pitch or frozen grass, it is now becoming a regular occurrence whereby some teams are unable to train sufficiently for matches. Truro City FC was one of many victims of the “Beast from the East.” After being scheduled to host Hungerford Town, a yellow warning from the MET Office and concerns from the away Club about the safety of travel made it necessary for the League to postpone the fixture in the interest of safety. The match is yet to be rescheduled, but preparations for the game will have to start from scratch at a further date.
Bodmin Town has currently played 16 games this season – the least in the division. It is impossible to comprehend the emotions of the fans and staff because every win has a little less current significance. As spring draws near, will Bodmin Town have enough squad depth to cope with the demand of the flood of fixtures? Every pitch can withstand different weather conditions, and three teams have played 27 matches, indicating very efficient facilities.
Time will only tell how teams are ultimately affected by Cornwall’s freezing weather conditions. Will the squads be able to maintain their team chemistry or will tired legs cost wins? One thing is for sure – conditions need to improve if the season is to finish this year.