Two training sessions for Borough before home cup date with Kendal

Todmorden Borough will have an extra training session this week prior to their anticipated return to action in the West Lancashire League’s Division Two cup on Saturday.

Borough are due to host fourth-placed Kendal County and boss John Gilford is hopeful that the tie will go ahead at the second attempt.

He said the playing surface at Bellholme was in fine fettle earlier in the week but very wet and he was hoping for a drying wind before the weekend.

Borough have played 18 of their 26 league games so have no fixture backlog at the moment.

Tod were last in action in the abandoned home game with Leyland United on December 14 so the players were training on Tuesday morning and Thursday evening.

“We need to get rid of the Christmas pud and I’m fed up of sitting at home,” he said.

Borough have a good record in the league cup, winning it a few seasons ago and losing in the final to Bolton County at Charnock Richard last season.

However, Gilford has gaps to plug on Saturday with Harry Whitehead, Jack Dungworth, Dan Lively and Jim Crowther all suspended after the Leyland debacle.

Jim Hardman, Chris Kay , Dave Patrick and Dean Farry all come into contention for starts.

Gilford’s biggest problem is who to play in the centre of defence with Whitehead and Lively sidelined.

Gilford said Borough were well suited to cup football and it was disappiointing they would be below full strength.

“We have a reasonable record in the cup and that is our best chance of a trophy because we have never been strong enough as a club to win the league.”

The reserves are due to play Slyne with Hest Reserves away.

Also on Saturday, Walsden C & FC resume their Rochdale Online Alliance season with a home game against King William IV in the Premier.

Woodhouse United host second-in-the-table Vasa FC in Division One of the Rochdale Sunday League this weekend.