The wet weather looks likely to continue to decimate the non-league scene again today. The Ryman Leagues have been arguably the most affected in the whole of the country, with Essex side Witham Town the biggest sufferers. Witham boss and ex-Football League defender Garry Kimble hopes the backlog of fixtures won’t harm his side’s promotion hopes.

Witham boss Garry Kimble

Witham boss Garry Kimble - Credit: Archant

Having played just half of their allotted games this season, no Ryman League team’s fixture-list has been as decimated as Witham Town’s has.

The Essex-based outfit have played just four times in 2014, and as a result, have to cram in half a season’s-worth of games into just two-and-a-half months.

And with boss Garry Kimble conceding that home ties against Waltham Abbey (today) and Harlow Town (Tuesday) are in doubt because of the weather, it’s looking likely that the promotion chasers will have to fit 23 games into 64 days, equalling to a three-game-a-week situation for the rest of the campaign which finishes on April 26.

“Everyone’s in pretty much the same boat and it is increasingly frustrating,” declared the Witham boss.

“Especially for us, as it could dent our promotion hopes.

“To play 23 games in just over two months and sustain promotion form is a tall order.

“Two games a week would be a big enough challenge but Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday every week is a lot of pressure.”

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Despite their footballing calendar being destroyed by the foul weather, Witham have kept tabs with a play-off place despite others around them playing far more fixtures.

Indeed, current Ryman North leaders Soham Town Rangers, have now played eight more games than Witham yet sit just three places and eight points clear of the Essex side.

“If you look at it that way, we’re still doing well,” said Kimble.

“If we were to win four of the games in hand we’d be four points clear and still with four more games in hand.

“We’re in a strong position but we need to have the chance to put the points on the board.

“One good thing about all these call-offs is that we still have 14 home games left and we haven’t lost at home this season.”

Looking ahead to what the rest of the season might hold, Kimble continued: “I don’t think you can predict what will happen.

“I don’t think there are any favourites for promotion anymore.

“The pitches are likely to be boggy for the majority of the rest of the season and act as a leveller.

“Performances go out of the window and it’s all about who wants it most and getting results.”

Not many non-league games were called off yesterday, but be sure to check the League’s official websites before heading out to games today as heavy overnight rain is expected across the region.

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