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Weather's intervention frustrating – but could be blessing in disguise

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: January 29, 2014

Cheadle Town's Mark Kent (red shirt).

Cheadle Town's Mark Kent (red shirt).

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CHEADLE Town were not too unhappy about the weather putting them out of action on Saturday.

Both the first and second team in the Staffordshire County Senior League saw their fixtures washed out by the torrential downpour on Saturday.

The Premier Division side were due to entertain Abbey Hulton United at Thorley Drive, while the reserves were scheduled to face Hilton Harriers reserves away in a Division Two League Cup semi-final.

"Having no game gave some of our players a bit more time to recover from injuries," said the club's director of football, Alan Beaman.

Midfielder Mark Kent (pulled hamstring) and centre forward Harry Smith (cracked rib) would have been both missing for the first team after sustaining injuries in the previous week's 2-0 victory over a physical Florence side.

Beaman added: "Harry (Smith) looks like being out of action for up to five weeks after a hospital x-ray showed up a cracked rib, while Mark (Kent) has yet to train since pulling his hamstring and will miss Saturday's visit to Eccleshall this Saturday.

"It's a winnable game for us, so I hope we can put out a decent squad."

Eccleshall are third from bottom in the Premier Division table, one point below Cheadle in the Premier Division table.

Smith's absence is a disappointment for Cheadle, as they look to maintain their recent improved form to steer them away from the relegation zone.

The better news is that Kent could return to the squad next weekend, depending on the outcome of a fitness test at the midweek training session.

Kent commands a real presence in the Cheadle midfield and was unlucky to pick up his niggling injury in testing conditions at Florence.

First choice goalkeeper Stuart Ford is still sidelined after turning his ankle in training, but Beaman has been delighted by the form of his understudy, Matt Anthony.

"Matt has been excellent since standing in for Stuart. He's a genuine club member who enjoys coaching the youngsters."

The reserves are away to Division Two newcomers L A Holditch this Saturday.

Meanwhile, Cheadle Town's Sunday team were knocked out of the Staffs FA Sunday Trophy by Jester 3-2 at the quarter-final stage.

Josh Barks and Tommy Bostock netted for Cheadle, but goals from Shaun Duffy, Shane Stubbs and Richard Birkby saw Jester through.

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