Aspin disappointed at likely new Braintree date

Neil Aspin
Neil Aspin

Neil Aspin says he’s disappointed FC Halifax Town’s game with Braintree looks likely to be rearranged for April 3 - two days before their trip to Nuneaton.

Town and Braintree have been in discussions for a while about the clash, which was originally postponed on February 18.

The Football Conference say there is a rule in place that games have to be rearranged within 42 days of the original but that this doesn’t always apply in extreme circumstances such as bad weather or a fixture backlog.

The 42-day period runs out on April 1.

Braintree had a run of eight consecutive games postponed earlier this season and have currently played only 32 games - five fewer than the Shaymen.

Aspin’s preferred option was to play the match on Thursday (March 20), due to Town’s next game with Alfreton being pushed back to Monday, March 24 because it will be screened live on BT Sport.

He said: “It’s very disappointing because we gave a couple of dates to Braintree which they refused.

“I’ve always been told you have to rearrange a game within 42 days (of the original) so we gave them another date which was this Thursday (March 20), which is when I wanted to play the game.

“But we got refused and then they put the game outside the 42 days so I don’t understand it.

“I would like to get an explanation why because we wanted to play the game on Thursday because we weren’t playing on Saturday.

“At the moment it looks like we have to play it on a Thursday night before we play Nuneaton away on the Saturday, which obviously gives Nuneaton a distinct advantage.

“I’m not happy about that at all but I’m not in a position where I can influence when games have to be played.”