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By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

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CHEADLE Town are facing a mounting fixture backlog after suffering their fifth successive postponement.

Saturday's Premier Division home clash with Audley was called off after the Thorley Drive pitch was declared unplayable following persistent rain.

The club's director of football, Alan Beaman, said: "There was no hope of the game going ahead – parts of the pitch were underwater on Friday night.

"It's disappointing that we have now gone so long without playing, but on the positive side, it's given our injured players more time to recover."

Both key midfielder Mark Kent (hamstring) and striker Harry Smith (rib) were declared fit enough to make their return for the Audley game.

Weather permitting, Cheadle will play host to Hilton Harriers at Thorley Drive this Saturday.

The teams battled to a 1-1 draw at Hilton at the beginning of the season

The reserve teams of the two clubs clashed in the semi-final of the League Two Challenge Cup on Saturday, with Hilton narrowly emerging 3-2 winners to face Uttoxeter Town reserves in the final.

Beaman added: "From what I'm told, the lads played very well, which is a credit to the management team of Pete Bentley, Gary Keeling and Mick McCusland.

"They do an excellent job, sometimes in difficult circumstances, after a player gets a call-up from the first team at the last minute.

"First team regulars Harry Smith and Charlie Goldstraw are both products of the reserve team and are showing a lot of promise."

The youthful Cheadle second string came back from behind twice in the five-goal cup thriller.

It was to Cheadle's credit they fought back so well after finding themselves a goal down after only five minutes. Ash Smith and Matthew Wood were their scorers.

The club are taking steps to recruit extra players to cope with the fixture backlog caused by the adverse weather, but as yet, no new faces have arrived.

Beaman said: "We anticipate problems arising when certain players are unavailable for rearranged fixtures in midweek, owing to work or other commitments."

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