usually in the bigger clubs, 3 players are held back for the senior bench, sometimes they get to play the first half of the reserve game sometimes they dont play at all and usually make an appearance for the seniors anyway. Its not like the whole reserve panel is affected by this, its a small minority who probably see themselves more as senior players anyway and are trying to work for a starting place on the senior team. No harm to reserve football but the senior coach is going want to see how they perform at senior level. also what if a sub comes on 10 minutes into the senior game and the reserves are stuck for numbers in the second game, is it fair to ask that player to play another full game? or if the smaller clubs are struggling to field a reserve team do they ask 4 or 5 seniors to play 2 games so they don't have to concede the points?
Still dont see how this improves the situation. I can see the benefits of playing on different days but cant see how playing the senior game first will help.
I agree that there should be reserve games every week despite what the county team are doing and the reserve league and championship should be finished over the summer.
Having the seniors first means you know exactly how many players are available for a full reserve game.
A lot club take reserve players off during the game so they can make the senior bench. Having it second will mean they get a full reserve game.
You can use 6 subs now.
Most senior sub benches will have 10 players or so to cover all eventuallites.
Depending on clubs this 10 will currently be made of players where some got game time/no game time or a full reserve game.
If the senior goalie gets injured with his first kick out, the reserve keeper will have to play two full games.
Or if you use your 3 held back subs early on the 4th may have played a full game already a be introduced for another half.
Knowing exactly how much game time subs got in seniors will make it easier to see if you can field a reserve team.