Church still waiting

Market Harborough, FC new managers: Mick Oiger, and Charlie Church.'18/12/12
Market Harborough, FC new managers: Mick Oiger, and Charlie Church.'18/12/12

Chris Church says that the spirit in the Harborough Town camp is good despite their recent period of inactivity.

Town haven’t played since Saturday, December 8, when they were beaten 8-1 at St Ives with the wet weather decimating their festive programme.

The games against Deeping Rangers, Huntingdon Town, Desborough Town and St Ives, all of which were due to be played at their Bowdens Park headquarters, had to be postponed becuase of a waterlogged playing surface.

And Church, who succeeded the Histon-bound Andrew Wilson shortly after, is yet to see his managerial reign properly get going – much to his disappointment.

He said: “It’s frustrating because since I got the job we haven’t played a game.

“The lads have been working hard in training, they’ve been taking in all we’ve been telling them and the spirit is really good.”

As things stand, Harborough are two places and nine points off the foot of the United Coutnies League Premier Division table and the bid to move away from danger starts at Yaxley this weekend.

The Cambridgeshire-based outfit are comfortably situated in 13th in the league but Church is of the opinion that his charges can come away from the contest with something to show for their efforts.

He added: “I know they started the season quite slowly but have progressed in the past couple of months.

“They’ve got quite a young side but we’ll go there confident that we can get a good result and have picked up some good results, especially against St Ives (2-2) and Quorn (1-0).”

Also on the road in the Premier Division this weekend are Desborough who make the trip to Sleaford.

Ar Tarn, who have won their last three outings, have also suffered with their past three scheduled outings all postponed.

And with a run of eight successive games all away from home, that has left boss Steve Walker a touch anxious.

He said: “We’re all getting a bit frustrated because we just want to play.

“The fact that we’ve won our last three and haven’t been able to build on that has been a bit annoying but we’re not the only side with that problem.

“As for Sleaford, we know how they play, they’ve got a couple 
of decent forwards and we’ll have to work hard because their pitch is never in the best condition.”