Alsop hopes Robins can hit the ground running after cold snap

ELY City boss Alan Alsop is hoping the cold weather won’t have taken its toll on his charges as they prepare to face mid-table Hadleigh at the weekend.

The Robins match against league-leaders Wroxham was postponed on Saturday because of a frozen pitch and the continuing freezing temperatures have made training impossible.

Ely have been in outstanding form this season, winning 16 and losing only three of their 26 fixtures, but Alsop is hoping the snow and ice won’t have checked his side’s winning momentum should hostilities resume again on Saturday.

Speaking to the Ely Standard, Alsop said: “At the moment we are struggling to train because the pitch is still frozen and the astro turf is covered in snow.

“We have got some momentum going at the moment and we would like to keep it up but when you get into a habit and you suddenly break it that is when things start to go wrong.

“A lot of teams will be in the same position as we are though so it’s just a case of having to put up with it and hoping we can prepare well enough for Saturday, if it’s on.”

Alsop said that injuries to midfielders James Wallis and Stuart Walker would keep them out for the remainder of the season but he was hopeful that long-term absentee Brady Stone would soon be back in training after a loan spell at Littleport Town.

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Following their postponed match against Tilbury last week, Soham are set to host promotion-chasers Enfield Town at Julius Martin Lane on Saturday.

When the teams met back in November, Enfield came away with a resounding 3-0 win but Greens boss Andy Furnell will be hoping for a more resolute display from his charges as they aim to move further clear of the bottom three.

Soham currently sit 19th in the Ryman Division One North, nine points clear of third-bottom side Ware, who they face in a crucial survival battle on February 18.

Elsewhere, Ely Tigers trip to Broadland-Great Yarmouth was postponed on Saturday, their next fixture is scheduled for February 18, when they will host Woodbridge at Downham Road.

In hockey, Ely City ladies’ trip to league leaders Long Sutton was cancelled, the team will now have two weeks off before they take on Cambridge Nomads on February 25.

Ely City men meanwhile, will be back in action – weather permitting – on Saturday when they host Cambridge Nomads following the cancellation of their trip to Sudbury.

Ely City II are scheduled to travel to Cambridge South on Saturday following their cancelled fixture at St Neots in Division 3NW.