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Burchnall on postponement

Head coach keeping level head

21 January 2022

Ian Burchnall insists he and the squad won’t let the frustration of another postponed fixture affect their focus on continuing our fine run of form.

We were hoping to honour Colin Slater MBE by making it seven straight wins when we welcomed Barnet to Meadow Lane this evening but the match was postponed due to Covid cases in the visitors’ camp.

But, despite being disappointed, the boss is keeping a level head.

“It’s completely out of our control. The only thing we can do is react in a positive way,” said Burchnall.

“It’s such a shame because it was going to be a great occasion for Colin. A lot of people were coming and we wanted to put on a really good show, but sadly we won’t be able to.

“We have 20 fit players to choose from – only Jim O’Brien is unavailable to play at the moment – and we want to capitalise on that, but we’ll have to wait patiently for Tuesday now.

“Our focus immediately switches to Wealdstone and, as frustrating as it is for everyone, we’ve just got to make the best of the extra time we have to prepare for that game.

“We’ll play an in-house match at Meadow Lane this afternoon – 11 v 11, three 20-minute matches. That will leave us scope to train hard again on Saturday and give the lads Sunday off.”

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