A backlog of fixtures isn’t just a headache for Braintree Town’s first-team.

While Alan Devonshire’s first team have played up to seven games less than some of their Skrill Premier rivals, with 20 to still fit in before the end of April, there is also a worrying pile-up for Braintree Town Reserves in Thurlow Nunn League division one.

Like the first-team, the reserves have been affected by waterlogged pitches and now have 16 fixtures to fit in – ten of them at the Amlin Stadium – before the end of the season and have only played once on their own turf since November 16.

Reserve team boss Mark Sansom said: “I look at how many academy and reserve team fixtures and how many weeks we have left and the maths is just not adding up.

“There are getting far too many numbers to fit into far too few days."

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