BRIDGWATER Town’s stop-start season has been brought to another shuddering halt as the bulk of the country is now having to cope with the latest lockdown, writes Mark Hollidge.
As things stand, the Toolstation Western league have suspended all fixtures until further notice and the FA Vase have decided that there will be no more games played in the FA Vase for the time being.
Notwithstanding these limitations, it could be said that Bridgwater Town have been ‘making the best of a bad job’.
A run of five successive victories in league and Vase, with goals galore, saw Town riding the crest of a wave.
Just before Christmas, Town cruised to a convincing 5-0 win at struggling Odd Down in the league and then followed that up with a nail-biting cup win, on penalties, against Hellenic League side Brimscombe and Thrupp.
The Vase game against the Gloucestershire team should have been played at their home ground but had to be switched to the all-weather surface at Cirencester because Brimscombe’s pitch was under water.
Many would have seen Town as the favourites to win but they were pushed all the way by their opponents and twice had to come back from being behind to leave the final score 2-2. The second equaliser, from a Tom Fry free kick, was only a few minutes from the end of the game. Ben Kirk had scored the first equaliser in the first half.
Long-serving goalkeeper Jake Viney emerged as the hero of the hour as he made two saves in the penalty shoot-out to ensure Town secured an attractive home tie against Tavistock in the fourth round.
When that game takes place is anyone’s guess. There must now be considerable doubt about the league season being completed. Town have played just 12 league games, which means that there are another 28 still to play.
Normally, by now, they would have played about half of their fixtures. Other clubs are in a similar position. At the very least, one can expect the season to be extended into May and possibly June.
Last season was declared “void” due to Covid and one wonders if this season will suffer a similar fate.
OUR picture shows penalty shoot-out hero Jake Viney. PHOTO: Debbie Gould