Bolton Wanderers could be hit with a fixture backlog, after failing to arrange a fixture for this weekend, a report from the Bolton News has claimed.
Keith Hill’s side will not be in action this weekend, with Leagues One and Two not playing due to the second round of the FA Cup, something which Wanderers are not involved in following their defeat to Plymouth Argyle in the first round.
It had been hoped that either the club’s EFL Trophy game at Accrington Stanley, or their previously postponed league game at Lincoln City could have been rearranged for Saturday, with both of those sides also out of the competition, although it has now been confirmed that neither will take place on that date.
According to reports, Lancashire Police have aired concerns about the Accrington game after some minor crowd trouble during the league clash between the two sides last weekend.
But with the current date for the game – December 3rd – set to clash with Burnley’s Premier League game at home to Manchester City, an alternative date of December 10th is also said to have been suggested.
Wanderers are therefore facing a heavy fixture schedule, with the club already set to play six games this month.
There are also three league fixtures that have yet to be assigned dates, including that game at Lincoln, and the previously postponed games at home to Doncaster Rovers and away at Burton Albion.
The game against Doncaster was controversially postponed in August due to concerns over the welfare of youth players who were having to fill in for the senior side at the time, while the games with Burton and Lincoln need to be re-organised due to international call ups and a waterlogged pitch respectively.
Bolton are currently bottom of League One with one point to their name, following their 12 point deduction for entering administration earlier this season.
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This is not going to help Bolton at all.
Hill does not exactly have a big squad to call upon as it is at the minute, meaning rotation within the side is going to be difficult with all these games that they still need to fit in.
The fact therefore that they have not been able to schedule a game for a free weekend coming up will undoubtedly be disappointing, since it would obviously have eased some of the pressure that now looks set to come later in the campaign.
With that in mind, it may well be a good idea for Bolton to take advantage of the time off from playing they get this weekend as much as possible, to try to ensure they are as fresh as they can be for when they do return to action with what could be a long run of games.