PRESTWICH FC boss Mike Kosub was philosophical about the club’s latest postponement after last Saturday’s game at Castle Hill was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

The Hopwood Hall club remain fifth in Division One of the Lancashire Amateur League after the entire fixture programme was washed out by the weather.

But there was at least a silver lining to yet another game rained off as the manager prepares to welcome back a host of players who would have been unavailable at the weekend.

“There are not too many positives to take from the current situation, but I suppose there have been one or two bonuses for us,” said Kosub.

“Sam Holden, who is a cricket pro in the summer, has been out in South Africa watching England.

“He would have been missing but will be available for this Saturday.

“The same goes for our Spanish forward David Prieto. He went home to be with his family over Christmas but he is coming back too.

“Darren Buckley has also given me a late Christmas present by declaring himself fit to play after a long period out injured.

“He has been missing for months and is now raring to go, which is a real bonus for us.

“We will benefit from Darren’s experience and it will be great to have the extra bodies in the squad to call upon.”

Prestwich are due to host fourth-bottom Roach Dynamos on Saturday, weather permitting, for what would be their first match since a 2-2 draw at Whitworth Valley on December 5.

They are unbeaten since a 1-0 defeat at Old Blackburnians on October 24, but have only played three matches since then.

And with the club having close ties with Prestwich Cricket Club, the looming fixture pile-up is a major concern for Kosub.

“This lack of action could have drastic implications for our promotion chances,” said the manager, whose side sit seven points behind leaders Oldham Hulmeians.

“We will lose a number of players near the end of the season when the cricket starts, and that will probably be when all of these lost games are crammed in.

“In the short term, we will also lose a couple of players at the end of January.

“Quentin Jacob has been an excellent player for us in recent weeks, but he is moving to Canada.

“And we have a young lad registered with us, Matty Striminski, who has not actually been able to play since signing because of the weather, and will be going back to America, where he works as a football coach, at the end of the month.

“At this rate, you wonder if he will ever get a game for us.”