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Chichester are prepared for a full-on finish

Miles Rutherford admits Chichester City are resigned to a full-on finish to the season after the spate of postponements.

 

Last Saturday’s eagerly anticipated clash with leaders Hastings United at Oaklands Park was postponed the day before as Storm Dennis ravaged the country.

 

The cancellation meant there were no wasted journeys for the players, officials or supporters.

 

That was not the case on Tuesday night when Chi’s game at BetVictor South East play-off chasing Whitehawk was called off minutes before the scheduled kick-off after consultation with the managers and officials.

 

Chi had even published their team at that point.

 

It now leaves Chi with 17 games to cram in before now and the end of the regular campaign in April.

 

Boss Rutherford told The Post: “I wasn’t there on Tuesday but I believe it was the right decision.

 

“Now we shall see what happens on Saturday when Hythe come to us but every game is the same at the moment with this weather.

 

“We are going to have a lot of games at the end of the season.

 

“We know we are going to end up playing three games a week at the end, which isn’t ideal.

 

“Maybe they should play more midweek games at the beginning of the season when the weather is good, or at least better.”

 

Chi were always playing catch-up after their FA Cup run into the second round but Rutherford does not believe that is the main problem.

 

He said: “That was only a few games in truth so they need to play as many games as they can earlier in the season before Christmas in my opinion.

 

“I’d like to see more midweek games then and that way you will not have that pile-up at the end.”

 

Chi’s inactivity has had some positives – but also negatives.

 

Rutherford said: “Where we haven’t played, we are getting some players back.

 

“But Josh Clack is serving a three-match suspension and that just seems to keep going.

 

“Also, Gicu Iordache has gone back to Romania for a few weeks, so we are missing him.”

 

Iordache has been a consistent performer for Chi.

 

Rutherford said: “He was playing for Loxwood a few years ago but he wanted to give it a go and he has been good for us.”

 

Tomorrow’s opponents Hythe are a place and a point above Chi in seventh having played four more matches.

The fixtures with Haywards Heath Town and Hastings United have been re-arranged.

 

 

Chi have not played since their trip to Guernsey with wet weather aborting a midweek trip to Hanbury and then Hastings’ visit to Oaklands Park on Saturday.

 

The previously postponed home meeting with Heath will now take place on Tuesday, March 10, with the return meeting rescheduled for the following Tuesday (17/3).

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