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CrowdWITH the whole of the Boxing Day programme wiped-out and New Year's Day games under threat, clubs are counting the cost of Christmas.
The loss of five games (Bangor are due to play Prestatyn on Monday) is the first blank day of a festive season in several years and means clubs have missed out on what are traditionally their most lucrative gate receipts of the year.
To make matters worse, most have not generated any income at the gate for several weeks. Llanelli's last game at Stebonheath Park was on November 13, while Haverfordwest, Newtown and Prestatyn have not heard the turnstiles click since November 20.
It's the second year in a row that vital cashflow has been lost - last season, eight games were called-off over the festive period.
But the six matches postponed on New Year's Day 2010 were rescheduled for Easter Monday, allowing clubs to recoup much of their losses.
This time around, there is no such opportunity, with the new 12-club league splitting into two, and league secretary John Deakin proposing that the local derbies be staged on Saturday February 5.
Deakin wants the last round of games all staged on the same day with the same kick-off time and, as Saturday is the worst day for attendances, club treasurers are likely to be counting the cost of the bad December weather well into the New Year.
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