Hale frustrated by the weather

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Hale Leys United were thwarted by the rain at the weekend with their away game at Ealing Town postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Having suffered their first league defeat of the season last time out, Hale were keen to get back to winning ways but the weather had other ideas, much to the frustration of manager Paul Alleyne.

He said: “I’m feeling frustrated by the lack of football we are playing at the minute. We are now approaching the business end of the season and it’s important to get a rhythm going again and especially to bounce back after the defeat to New Bradwell.

“We are only eight points clear and have to play our main title contenders again so we need to get some structure for the games ahead.”

United have a League Cup semi-final clash with Grendon Rangers this weekend.

Alleyne added: “We now face a semi-final tie in the Division Two Cup, weather-permitting, and it’ll be a tough tie.

“Grendon Rangers will be hard as we haven’t seen any football over the past two weeks so we’ll have to raise our game. Grendon are a resilient side and we only narrowly beat them at their place earlier in the campaign.

“We will again prepare well in training and hope we can book our place in the Divisional Cup final as we lost in the final to Kent last year and we would like the opportunity to challenge for this honour because we have not won this competition before at this club.”

Hale host the semi-final tie at the Fairford Leys ground this Saturday. Kick-off is 2pm.