WORKSOP Town’s promotion hopes are in danger of sinking – through no fault of their own.
Tigers face a hectic fixture pile up, after another week with no football due to a waterlogged pitch at Cannon Park.
Postponed games against Northwich Victoria and Retford United this week have left Worksop with the ridiculous scenario of having to play seven times in 15 days in March.
But manager Martin McIntosh, although dismayed at having another two fixtures cancelled out by weather, remained upbeat this week.
“I’m really disappointed about it, but there’s nothing you can do, you can’t beat the weather,” he said.
“We hope that we’ve got the players in the right shape, so that we can handle the fixtures.”
“I don’t want to carry 20 players for the sake of it, but I’ve got 17 and I’m sure those players will be able to see things through.”
Something that could really hamper Tigers’ chances of making the play-offs is the possibility of injuries hitting his squad.
But McIntosh believes he will be able to add to the ranks.
The boss told the Guardian: “If we get a lot of injuries I am sure my chairman will back me and bring in some more bodies, he’s always said whatever I need it’s not a problem.”
“He’s been first class for me since I came here.”
If the weather is kind to McIntosh and his men, they will face Kendal Town on Saturday at home, before a trip to the runaway league leaders FC Halifax Town on Tuesday – as glamorous as it gets in the Northern Premier.
But there’s only one game keeping the manager’s attention.
“Tuesday will be a great day for the supporters, to go over there to the stadium, and hopefully we can put on a good show for them.”
“But we’ve got to look at Kendal first – we owe them one.”
“The last time we played them that was a major disappointment.”
“The pitch was poor, we didn’t play badly but ultimately mistakes cost us. I am confident that at home we can do well against them.”
As he prepares his men for another two outings, McIntosh spared a thought for injured right-back Scott Wharton.
He commented: “As soon as I saw him play I said he would be my right-back. He’s been fantastic for us and he’s going to be a huge loss.”
“Everyone wishes him well.”