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Barnt Green Spartak boss frustrated by disruptive season

Craig Gibbons 13th Dec, 2017 Updated: 13th Dec, 2017

BARNT Green Spartak boss GJ Singh has been left frustrated that the Lions have gone more than a month without playing a Midland League Division Two clash.

After Saturday’s clash against Knowle was postponed due to the snow, it means Spartak have not played a league game since the 3-2 defeat at Northfield Town on November 11.

And the chance to play for three points has to wait a further week as the Lions take on Coventry Alliance outfit Triumph Athletic on Saturday in the third round of the Birmingham FA Saturday Vase.

However, Singh fears the game may not get the go-ahead after receiving an email from club officials from Athletic stating the midweek rain has put the game in doubt.

“Everything is a little bit disruptive at the moment,” he said.

“The lads had a week off on Saturday due to how bad the snow was and it looks like our county cup game could be postponed as well.

“If that happens, county cup games have to be played within 14 days meaning one of the league games against Fairfield Villa or Hampton will have to be moved.

“With this kind of thing in mind it makes me wonder whether it is worth having a winter break.

“But for some clubs the winter is their lifeblood as the Boxing Day games bring in extra fans so there are pros and cons to the whole argument.”

Should Saturday’s game get the go-ahead, Spartak will be looking to claim their fifth win in cup competitions this season, a total contrast to their league form which has seen the Lions pick up the full three points just once.

“Things seem a little bit misleading because we are winning plenty of games in the cup,” said Singh.

“But we have only won just once in the league and it would be nice to transfer our cup form into the league.

“It is a little bit frustrating that we cannot get league games in at the moment but it is a case of just pushing on.”

However, it is not all doom and gloom for Spartak as Singh has been left impressed by how new signings Keenan Dunkley, Wes Corry, Sanjay Singh and youngster Zeshan Haroon have settled into the squad with ease.

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