‘Players are keen to get back’ - Daryl Clare hopes to kick-start league season again

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Louth Town manager Daryl Clare has declared that his side are capable of promotion despite a run of postponed games seeing them slip down the table.

The White Wolves currently sit eight in the NCEL Division One table after playing just twice in January.

Clare’s men did sit top earlier in the campaign but are now 12 points away from the summit, but have two games in hand.

They face a hectic schedule of fixtures however, with 17 league games as well as at least one League Cup game to squeeze into the final 12 weeks of the season.

“The recent trench of postponements has definitely affected our league position as we have already advantageous with games in hand on most of our promotion rivals,” said the former Grimsby striker.

“It has given some key players time to recover from injury but it had disrupted our fitness and match practise.

“We have managed to train indoors a couple of times to keep everyone together and the spirits remain high.

“Everyone is extremely keen to return to action and I am hoping the two game a week schedule will suit us better and bring back some consistency.”

Clare told the Leader that Louth had lost two key players who have left to play at a higher level.

“The numbers in the squad are tight as we have lost two important players who have gone to play at a much higher level of football, we have to accept that and take credit for progressing them and wish them well in their new clubs,” he continued.

But looking forward to the final months of a rollercoaster of a campaign, Clare remains confident that his side can stay with the league’s finest.

“Our three month run into the season looks favourable and we will try win every game from now on with attacking open football and see if we can string a good run of results together,” he said.

“All the top eight sides are capable of promotion and I still see us a good value if we can keep everyone fit and interested.”

Town visit 17th placed Rossington Main on Saturday in a match Clare will know his side must win in order to keep their promotion dream alive.