BURSCOUGH manager Derek Goulding says the only positive to come from their enforced break is that injured captain Chris Tyson is not missing any games.
The 31-year-old Linnets skipper is currently sidelined with a hamstring strain and is expected to be ruled out for another week.
But with Burscough having not played since January 12 and with this weekend’s game at Ramsbottom United already in doubt, the impact of losing Tyson has not been felt as keenly as it may have been.
Goulding’s men have been unable to train this week as snow and ice grip the country but the manager is not overly concerned about losing match sharpness because he says most other clubs will be in the same position as them.
Burscough’s Doodson Cup second round tie at Curzon Ashton was called off on Monday and though frustrated by the lack of games, Goulding is at least thankful it is allowing Tyson to play catch-up.
“Chris is probably the only person who will be pleased if the game gets called off on Saturday,” said Goulding.
“He has missed one game so far and will be out for this weekend’s game if it goes ahead.
“But hopefully he is nearer to getting the injury cleared up.
“Chris is a model non-league player and the way he looks after himself rubs off on other players around him.
“He is still doing it because he maintains great levels of fitness and he is a good player to boot.
“He has still got plenty to offer.
“At the end of last season it was a no brainer, he was my player of the season. He is a quiet lad but he leads by example.
“Chris provides the template for any non-league player.”
The cup tie with Curzon has been rearranged for Monday, February 4. Burscough will not be alone in hoping the period of poor weather has passed by then.
“We are just taking each game as it comes,” said Goulding.
“We have not been able to train because we have no facilities other than the pitch.
“And when the pitch is anywhere near being right then we are not going to train on it.”
Ramsbottom v Burscough, Saturday, 3pm.