IAN Crane is trying to think of new ways to keep his AFC Hayes squad fit during this week’s winter whiteout.
All of last weekend’s Evo-Stik Division One Central fixtures were wiped out by the snow and Crane’s boys also missed out last night (Tuesday) as their trip to North Greenford was postponed.
Burnham are set to visit Farm Park on Saturday, but that clash is already in doubt as the cold weather continues to set in, leaving the Hayes chief scratching his head as to how to keep his players ready for action.
“The problem now is going to be keeping people ticking over until the games come round,” he said. “Training is also an issue in this weather because 3G pitches can’t be used at the moment because the surface comes off when you try to clear the snow.
“The snow basically brings things to a grinding halt and you’ve got to be creative in how you keep these boys ready. In the wet weather we dealt with it well, but it presents a different problem now. Indoor stuff is about all you can do. You can do a bit of physical work, but I think ball work will have to go on hold.
“We’ve still got a few missing – Lawrie Shennan was carrying a knock so we left him out against Uxbridge in our last game – but after this break I think we will be alright. I don’t like having games off but it gives us a chance to get people back.”
Hayes lost 2-1 to derby rivals Uxbridge last time out.