Charlie Palmer finds comfort in Belper Town postponement

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Charlie Palmer admits he is happy to give his side a few extra days to recover after their home game against Carlton Town was postponed.

The game fell victim to the frozen weather giving Palmer extra time to get his injured players back fit again.

Palmer said: “My squad is down to the bare bones, I have only got 16 or 17 players available at the minute.

“I have earmarked a few players who I would like to bring to the club. There will definitely be some new faces when we travel to Coalville on Saturday.”

Club Physiotherapist Jordan Gossling told Palmer that Phil Watt was a doubt for the game.

“It would have obviously been nice to play on Saturday, but with the game being called off, it gave me and the physiotherapist a couple more days to work with some players. Watt and Gerome Palmer are still returning to full fitness,” added Palmer.

“The physio told me on Friday that Watt, might have missed the game due to injury, and that would have been a big loss.

“I want my players fully fit and Watty is one of those players that would play even if he is carrying an injury, which would probably make it worse.”

With the U18s and U21’s playing their home games at The Marston’s Stadium as well as Belper United, Palmer is concerned about the condition of the pitch.

Palmer added: “We trained behind the pitch on Saturday, it was frozen solid there was no way a game could have been played on it.

“As I have said before there is a lot of games played on the pitch at The Marston’s Stadium, it has been concerning because with the way we play football we need a good surface.”