WATCHET Town have a tough away game against leaders Chilcompton Sports in the Premier Division of the Uhlsport Somerset County Football League tomorrow (Sat).
Chilcompton have a one-point lead over second-placed Clevedon United but have played three fewer matches than their title rivals.
Watchet, who have not played since the beginning of last month, slipped back to tenth in the table after Timsbury United moved above them following a 3-0 home win over Mendip Broadwalk on Christmas Eve.
Watchet, who beat Clutton United 2-1 last time out, play away again tomorrow week - at Timsbury, which will be another difficult match.
Watchet manager Avril Cooke said: “Having had such a long layoff and playing Chilcompton is not ideal, but it is what it is. The lads were told over the Christmas to keep themselves as fit as possible - go for runs, etc. It’s not like playing but its the best they can do.
“We should be able to field a strong side but Ian Lowe and Connor Jeromson are both unavailable, which is unfortunate. However, Connor Shopland is back, having recovered from broken ribs and would be straight swop for Jeromson. “Obviously we go into the game at Chilcompton as underdogs which is not a bad thing as there will be no pressure on us.
“We can, if anything, play with more freedom. But you never know what to expect when you’ve had such a long break. Chilcomption, of course, haven’t played over Christmas.”
Meanwhile Minehead begin the New Year with two home games - against Saltford tomorrow and Winscombe the following Saturday.
Saltford are lying 13th in the table while Winscombe are sixth.
Minehead lost 4-1 away to Staplegrove just before Christmas but the Taunton outfit brought in some players from Wellington to strengthen the team.
Porlock Ladies, who have not played since they hit 18 against Paulton Rovers, do not have a game until Sunday week when they play away to the same opponents in Division Two South of the Somerset Women’s League. It would be a big upset if they were to lose this one.