Fixture congestion threat after match is rained off

Lowestoft Town joint boss Micky Chapman could not hide his frustration at last night's postponement against Billericay Town but hopes the enforced rest will give some of his injured stars a chance to recover to full fitness.

A waterlogged pitch prevented the Blues from returning to league action at Crown Meadow and with the club already playing catch-up in terms of fixtures, yesterday's call-off was far from ideal for the club.

The Blues have played three or four games fewer than most of their rivals for promotion and Lowestoft could be in for a hectic schedule should their success in cup competitions continue.

'It's a bit of a concern but it's still very early in the season and I'm sure there's enough time for us to catch up,' said Chapman, who was eager for his side to build on the 2-1 win against Swindon Supermarine in the FA Trophy at the weekend.

'Of course when you're doing well in cup competitions that also has an effect on how many league games you play. We wouldn't swap that though and we've just got to get on with it. Fortunately we've got a strong squad to cope when the games come thick and fast.

'We've also got quite a few injuries around the squad at the moment and the postponement will give us a chance to get them back on the mend.'

The likes of Adrian Forbes (knee) and Matt Nolan (Achilles) missed Saturday's win through injury and while neither are expected to be fit for Saturday's home match against Maidstone, the management team hope they are on the road to recovery.

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The squad were given the night off yesterday but when tomorrow evening's training session comes around Chapman expects all thoughts to turn to the visit of Maidstone to Crown Meadow, weather permitting.

'They will be fresh and ready to go on Thursday and hopefully the weather will give the pitch a chance to recover in time for a big league game on Saturday,' said Chapman.

He reiterated the club's desire to improve the squad whenever the chance arises but said there was nothing imminent in terms of new arrivals.

'We've always said that if the right players become available then we will have a chat with the chairman and look to bring them in.'