HESKETH BANK were left frustrated once again last weekend with all three senior matches being postponed due to waterlogged pitches.
The first team’s match in Cumbria at Dalton United was postponed early on Saturday morning due to heavy overnight rain as was the reserve team home fixture against Lytham Town which consequently meant the Sunday team’s home fixture was also called off.
With this coming Saturday’s match at Turton already in some doubt due to continuing poor weather and in a bid to keep his squad match fit, manager James Smith organised a friendly with North West Counties side Ashton Town last Monday evening. The match was played on the 3g pitch at the JMO Sports Park, Skelmersdale and Ashton Town ran out 5-1 winners.
The squad is also now missing two regular players for the rest of the season with Ben Goodson recently moving to work in Qatar and Josh Norgate taking a year out in Australia.
However Kevin Cox who has not played since the beginning of September should be available for selection again after his long term ankle injury and to replace Norgate at the centre of defence could see the return of James Connolly the former Burscough and Southport defender who had a short spell at the club early last season.
League leaders Lostock St. Gerards have been able to play both their opening games of 2014 and have moved further ahead at the top although they dropped a couple of points, drawing at Hawcoat Park.
Hesketh Bank are now nine points behind them but have played three less games.
So with 12 league games to go and a home Quarter Final Presidents Cup tie against Turton in February, Hesketh Bank have plenty to play for.
Andy Cope's reserve side are also on their travels this weekend up the M6 to the Lancaster and Morecambe area to play Slyne-with-Hest.
Meanwhile the Sunday team who have had a five week break are at home at the Centenary Sports Ground to BAE Warton the day after with an 11am kick off. Ryan Teale's team will be looking to continue their march up the table and maintain their 100 per cent league record.