Ilfracombe Town’s players must be getting used to life on the road.
Tomorrow they travel to Dorset to take on Gillingham Town in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division.
By the time they have been to Buckland Athletic on Wednesday and Street the following Saturday, Ilfracombe will have played nine out of 10 matches away from their Marlborough Park home.
Ross Middleton, the Ilfracombe manager, described the situation as ridiculous.
“We have had only two home games on a Saturday this season,” he said. “That’s not easy, and not just for the players, financially for the club it doesn’t help.
“(The travelling) is physically and mentally tiring. Some of the lads who were playing in the North Devon League are used to travelling no more than 40 minutes to games. It’s a new experience for a lot of them.”
Ilfracombe have not won for eight games, dating back to August, and are second from bottom in the Premier Division. Gillingham top the table and have won their last three league matches.
Combe hope to have Kane Dryden and top scorer Stan Paxton back tomorrow after they missed last weekend’s defeat to Bishop Sutton. Key defender James Mayne is edging closer to a return to action after an ankle injury.
Ilfracombe’s last visit to Gillingham ended in a 6-0 defeat in March.
Last season’s meetings
April 20, 2013: Ilfracombe Tn 2 (Allan 2) Gillingham Tn 2.
March 9, 2013: Gillingham Tn 6 Ilfracombe Tn 0.