Life’s a pitch - but freezes won’t get Lowe down

Danny Lowe says he won't throw in the towel as Town look to close the gap
Danny Lowe says he won't throw in the towel as Town look to close the gap
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Captain Danny Lowe admits postponements are beginning to hinder Town’s promotion bid - but says the players won’t throw in the towel.

The league table makes for hard reading for Shaymen fans, with the team 20 points behind leaders Chester with four games in hand, having had their last three league games called off because of the weather.

Lowe, the only outfield player to have played in every minute of Town’s league season so far, said he was concerned about a fixture congestion.

The players trained on part of the Shay pitch on Saturday, despite the game against Solihull being postponed at 10am, but Lowe said the squad knew on Tuesday night that Wednesday’s game against Harrogate had no chance of being on.

“It’s so frustrating for the lads,” said Lowe.

“When we turned up on Tuesday night we knew the mid-week game was going to be off and the mood in the camp was a bit down.

“It’s hard being 20 points behind the leaders, especially because they seem to be getting their games on and ours are off.

“But I think if there is one team in the league capable of catching them then I think it would be us because we’ve done it before and we’ve got a great group of lads.”

Like many others, Lowe enjoys the prestige of having the Shay his home ground but said it was starting to hurt the club’s chances of promotion.

“It’s not the groundsman’s fault, but it’s pointless having a pitch that you can only play on in the first two months of the season. It’s a massive problem and if it carries on we’re going to be eight or nine games behind.

“We’re probably going to be playing three games a week in 2013 and regardless of how professional the lads are, there is bound to be some fatigue and tiredness later in the season, which could cost us.”

In a bid to find a solution, Lowe said he would not be against playing home games at neutral grounds, or even at away grounds.

“If it meant getting the game on then yes, I would rather do that than wait until the second half of the season.

“Every game is important, but if we fall even further behind it would put even more pressure on the games in hand and be a boost to the other teams around us.

“We don’t want to be sitting here at the end of the season blaming the pitch but it isn’t helping us.”

While the aim is still very much automatic promotion, Lowe said the focus has temporarily switched.

“I’ve never been one to throw in the towel,” said Lowe. “But we’ve got to forget about Chester for the moment and just focus on one game at a time.

“It’d be nice to keep the momentum going from week to week, but the lads all keep themselves fit and hopefully we can show that with a game on Saturday,” he said.