Two postponements give Town unexpected break

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Sleaford Town have had an unexpected mid-season break with the postponement of their last two fixtures.

Last Tuesday, Town were due to entertain Shepshed but the visitors’ mini bus broke down en route to Sleaford and they were unable to field a full team. With only six Shepshed players able to make it to Eslaforde Park the game had to be cancelled and Sleaford now have to wait to see if they will be awarded the points or if the game will have to be rearranged for a later date.

Then, on Saturday, Town were due to play away at high fliers St Ives but that game was also cancelled, this time due to a waterlogged pitch.

With Sleaford inactive, results elsewhere didn’t go their way. Harborough Town picked up a surprise 3-1 win at Peterborough Northern Star to move above Town in the table, dropping the Sleaford outfit down to third from bottom.

Town boss Glen Maddison said: “In some ways the break was quite welcome as we have had two games virtually every week since the start of the season.

“For the St Ives game we would have been without several players, including Nick Bishop, who was away with the county youth team, and Pete Sutton, Lee Llewellyn and Ryan Oliver, who were all struggling with injuries.”

This Saturday, Sleaford have a tough game away to league leaders Quorn.

Glen said: “For this game we should have Bishop back and Sutton and Oliver should also be OK to play.

“We know it will be a difficult game; Quorn are a very decent footballing team. We lost to them 1-0 in a league cup tie earlier in the season but the conditions did not favour them.

“What we have to do in this and future matches is to approach the game with greater confidence and take it to our opponents rather than sit back, which is what we have done far too often this season. We need to have more self belief.”