MAGPIES: Postponements hit club hard

NIGHTMARE TIME: Neal Butterworth

NIGHTMARE TIME: Neal Butterworth

First published in Sport Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Reporter

NEAL Butterworth has highlighted the “huge impact” that something like Dorchester Town’s postponed clash with Hayes & Yeading can have on a club like his.

Saturday’s match, like so many at the weekend, fell foul of the heavy rain that swept across the country with the pitch at the Avenue deemed unplayable for the first time this season.

Like the side’s two other postponed games, away to Farnborough and at Eastleigh, Saturday’s Skrill South encounter will now be rearranged for a Tuesday night.

And as Magpies’ chairman Butterworth knows, that can have a big effect on the flow of income coming into the club’s coffers.

“It’s a nightmare time of year for us,” he said. “Like so many other clubs, finances are so important and every time a home match is postponed it has a huge impact.

“Games postponed on a Saturday then have to be rearranged for a Tuesday night and you obviously don’t get as many people coming to watch.

“You don’t get the same number of people coming through the gates or spending money in the bar.”

Butterworth confirmed there are plans to open the lounge bar at the Avenue on some weekday evenings to try and bring in extra revenue.

“The plea from the club to people would be to come and watch the rearranged matches and get involved in any way they can,” added the chairman.

“I can’t stress enough how difficult things are financially at the moment, as things are for clubs everywhere, so we always need support.”

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