Aaron Webster says trust has been key when it’s come to keeping his Belper Town players fit during the enforced ‘winter break’ over the last week.
Freezing conditions saw matches postponed across the country but also meant many teams were unable to train if their facilities were also affected by the weather.
That included Belper, meaning a training session arranged for Monday night was the first time Webster and his assistant Lee Williamson had seen his players for nine days.
And with a trip to Kidsgrove Athletic scheduled for Wednesday night, Webster is hoping to see his players in good shape.
Speaking before Monday’s session, he said: “We struggled to get anywhere to train at all when the weather hit so basically just had to sit it out.
“In that situation, you put a lot of faith in your players to be sensible and keep themselves at a level where they’ll be able to step back in seamlessly and not have to get back up to speed.
“It’s those things which can be the difference between a player plying his trade at this level or much higher.
“The aspects of the game you don’t see on the pitch or in training can play a big part and having the discipline and pride to want to be staying fit when not playing, even at this level where they might be being paid but relatively speaking not that much, is so important.
“We got a venue secured for Monday night and we’ll have a good blowout to hopefully get us in good shape for what will be a tough game at Kidsgrove on Wednesday and then hosting Romulus on Saturday.”
Wednesday’s game with Kidsgrove sees Webster come up against close friend Ryan Austin, Athletic’s boss, while Saturday will see visitors Romulus arrive having picked up in recent weeks as they fight relegation.
Webster said: “Wednesday will be tough as Kidsgrove are a very well-organised outfit - I saw that for myself when Ryan allowed Lee Williamson and I to observe them at close quarters a few weeks ago.
“Saturday’s game will be another one of those which you can never take for granted in this division.
“It’s always the case that those lower down can spring a surprise against the teams higher up when you least expect it, so although Romulus were down at the bottom for a while they’ve got a couple of results recently so will be up for it.”