Nelson FC boss Paul Fildes believes the freak weather conditions sweeping the UK will end up killing off the North West Counties League season.
The recent deluge of rain has forced the 34-year-old to put contingency plans in place in hope of easing the strain that is expected to mount on his squad as he prepares for a hectic final stretch to the campaign.
Since the striker took charge at Victoria Park at the beginning of November, the Admirals have played just three times in the league, having endured seven postponements during that spell.
“It’s unbelievable,” he said. “We’ve had two games in two months.
“It’s not good at all.
“The pitch and the surrounding area keeps flooding badly because there’s nowhere for the water to go.
“We’ll just have to keep our fingers crossed for our game with Darwen tonight.
“It’s going to be a busy second half to the season.
“We’ve still got 22 games left to play with just over three months of the season remaining.
“It’s going to kill the season because everyone’s in the same boat.
“How do you physically cope with something like that?
“Games are going to be played Saturday-Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday.
“Only the teams with strong squads will benefit now, those who are capable of putting out two different but competitive teams.”
Fildes added: “Players can’t do it; they’ll be absolutely shattered.
“Your body just can’t cope playing that amount of games.
“Even if they push through it they can’t play to their maximum.
“It’s going to be a strange end to the season.
“I’m trying to plan ahead. I’ve got a good, strong squad but I’m looking to add to it.
“I’m currently speaking to a couple of players and I’m looking for a few more.
“I’ve sat down with five development players too who may have something to offer the first team.
“I should have a squad of 20-odd players to get us through it.
“I’m preparing for this situation the best I can.
“We just need to keep building.
“We’ve got a good group here who are working hard in training.
“Everyone is still hungry and they’re still playing for their shirts.”
Fildes came within seconds of registering his first win as a manager against rivals Padiham in the first game of 2016.
However, he’s confident that his first maximum will arrive shortly.
Ahead of tonight’s clash with AFC Darwen at Little Wembley, kick off 7-45 p.m., he said: “I thought I had it against Padiham.
“We were 3-1 up with a few minutes to go and then went 4-3 up with a last minute penalty.
“It was a bit gut-wrenching to be honest.
“But that win will come,
“I’m sure of it.
“I’ve set myself targets in my head.
“I want to improve on last season’s finish.
“I’m confident we’ll get that win sooner rather than later, but we just need that run of games.”