Frustration as winter break is set to reach eight weeks

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SEVERAL teams look unlikely to play until January with concern that many of tomorrow’s fixtures will be postponed because of the weather.

Baston are one of the sides to have been frozen out for three consecutive weeks and manager Phil Davies said: “By the time we play again, we will not have played together for seven weeks.

“Due to work and other commitments, the team doesn’t have time to train during the week so the Saturday games are the only time they’re together. We will want the team to gel together straight away and not lose any more ground in our quest for promotion.

“Another negative is that we will face a backlog of midweek fixtures in April or May.” Although, he added: “Last season we had the same problem with several January games lost to the weather and we bounced back with some impressive victories.”

Baston’s next league game is against Caythorpe on January 8.

Ketton will not play again until January 8 – seven weeks since their last game – when they face top side Langtoft in the Peterborough League’s first division.

Ketton boss Andy Gray said: “It seems like forever since we last played which is frustrating for everyone involved.

“Certainly I know all the players just want to get back on the pitch. I think we’re all running out of ways to fill our Saturday afternoons.

“The way things are shaping up our next game is not until the new year when we go to play Langtoft. Obviously we’d have preferred to go into that fully match fit but that may not be the case.

Gray added: “Luckily we are training indoors at Casterton which is keeping everyone sharp. It’s also been a lot of fun because it’s something different.”