NORTHWICH boss Kevin Greaves is hoping Jack Frost will stay away this weekend as the Blacks look to resume their North West Two campaign at Leigh.
The first team squad have been unable to train at all over the festive period due to the frozen pitches and Saturday’s Cheshire Vase clash at Sale was postponed for the same reason.
Plans have now been made for the club to train inside at LA Fitness in a bid to beat the current big freeze.
Greaves, who is in his first year at the helm at Moss Farm since leaving West Park St Helen’s, has seen his new side impressively climb the table and challenge the league leaders in what is the club’s first season at this level.
And with Cheshire Vase aspirations and league honours still up for grabs, 2009 could be yet another year to remember for Northwich.
Greaves said: “If you’d have offered me fourth place by the new year at the start of the season then I would have taken it.
“But having seen the quality players that we have here and the young talent at the club that we will hope to bring through, I think we perhaps could be doing even better.
“The first half of the season has been about me getting my feet under the table and now hopefully we’ll look to push on. I am really enjoying it though, to be honest.”
While Northwich’s home form has been among the best in the league, away from Moss Farm the Blacks have struggled, winning just one on the road at Leigh – Saturday’s fourth-from-bottom opponents (2.15pm).
And it is a string of good performances that Greaves is demanding from his side if they are to challenge leaders Altrincham Kersal and Rochdale.
“Consistency is the key” he said. “At home we can beat anybody but we don’t travel well. There are some tough places to go to in this league but that is why we play this game, to take on the big challenges.
“I am not thinking about promotion at all but if we put in a consistent run then there is nothing to say that we can’t at least have a go.”
Winnington Park’s Cheshire Plate tie with Wilmslow has been rearranged for Saturday January 17 after it was originally postponed due to a frozen pitch.
This Saturday, the first team have no game but the 2nds visit Lymm 2nds while the 3rds host Warrington 3rds at Burrows Hill.