Weather’s retreat means Welwyn Garden City can now prepare for finale’s mad run of games
PUBLISHED: 13:35 06 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:41 06 March 2018
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Adam Fisher for one is glad that the snow has disappeared after being frustrated at the lack of football, writes Neil Metcalfe.
The Welwyn Garden City boss has seen his team without a game for three weeks since Oxhey Jets were the visitors to Herns Lane on February 10.
And should the weather gods smile on City then they will return to action tonight (Tuesday) away to the Jets.
But the enforced lay-off means the Citizens go into the final two months of the season with 17 league games still to play as well as two cup finals.
And to get round this they will need to play Saturday and midweek for the remainder of the year, and sometimes more.
However, Fisher believes his squad have got the right mindset, as well as the ability, to cope with the adverse situation.
He said: “When you are mid-table it is what it is but when you’re challenging at the top you can lose vital momentum.
“We are a victim of our own success with the cup finals but there is only so much we can do.
“We still have to turn up and win the games.
“The thing is we have got a very good squad of 18 and everyone is going to play at some point, everyone is going to have an opportunity.
“The lads are fully aware that they won’t play every single game but we have full faith in them.
“I wouldn’t have them in the squad if I didn’t think they could do it.”
City are four points behind Berkhamsted but have five games in hand and although two will go up this year the title is what they are after.
Fisher said: “We’ve tried to keep them fit by doing indoor sessions to keep them ticking over and as sharp as possible.
“There’s almost a back to the wall feeling amongst the lads; they can’t do anything about it so they’ve just got to get on with it.
“We’ve still got to play the teams around us so it’s in our own hands.
“We know we have got to win around 11 or so of the 17 games we’ve got left and that should be enough for promotion.”
Saturday sees WGC go to Leverstock Green, one of just three teams to have taken points off them this year, and described by boss Fisher as “a tough place to go”.
But the manager also believes if they can get two wins from there and Oxhey “it will be good going into the run of mad games”.