Town set for packed schedule

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Halifax Town’s goalless draw with Solihull Moors on Tuesday night was their second of 16 games over the next two months.

Or if you prefer, the first of 22 games over 75 action-packed days.

However you look at it, Town will not have a game-free mid-week until the fourth week of March as they embark on a fixture list more packed than lift full of Pavarotti impersonators.

Should The Shaymen reach the finals of both the West Riding County Cup and the FA Trophy, they will have played 32 games before taking the tops of their sun tan oil this summer.

The advantage of this is the players will probably be feeling like a car with a full tank of petrol at the moment, but the road in front of them has a lot of chicanes in it which their promotion rivals have already navigated.

Facing such a flurry of fixtures over the next three months could be an energy-sapping experience for Neil Aspin’s men before a possible play-off campaign decides their fate.

The fact that so many games have to be crammed into such a short space of time may take its toll to some extent. It’d be more surprising if it didn’t.

The Town boss has said in the past that he would support the season starting earlier, and I’m sure there wouldn’t be too many clubs at this level who would disagree with the regular league campaign making way for the play-offs later than April 27 either.

This season isn’t the first in which Town have had a raft of games called off and it may not be the last, for them or other clubs in the Blue Square North.

Pitches at this level don’t enjoy the luxury of undersoil heating or the protection of huge all-seater stands on all four sides.

The Premier League isn’t scheduled to finish until May 19, while the Champions League final won’t take place until May 25.

Meanwhile, the Football League and Conference clubs have to be done and dusted nearly a month before, despite the fact that they play more games.

What do you think?

If some can offer me a rational explanation why, I’d like to hear it.

Follow Halifax Town reporter Tom Scargill on Twitter for live updates throughout every Shaymen match - and check for reports after the game.