Sleaford Town want to go on an FA Vase run... but manager Jamie Shaw admits preparation has been far from ideal.
The Greens have had to postpone their past three fixtures - against Pinchbeck United, Peterborough Northern Star and Oadby - due to a case of COVID-19 in the camp forcing the players and staff to self isolate.
“It’s been an interesting week, still unfurling really,” said Town boss Shaw, whose side’s preparations for Saturday’s trip to Boston Town (KO 3pm) have been sidelined.
“The only possible extension to isolation periods now would be if anyone came down with new symptoms.
“And we’re hopeful that, because they’ve been in isolation already, it would be an individual rather than the team who doesn’t play.
“It looks like the FA Vase is on this Saturday, which is good news.
“But it’s a bit frustrating we’ve had to postpone three games.”
Discussing team preparations, Shaw said: “We come out of isolation on Saturday morning so we have done next to no activity.
“Some guys have been busy in their houses doing bits, but it’s absolutely no comparison to football and match fitness.
“But no excuses, it is what it is and it’s the current climate we live in.
“We go out to give as good an account of ourselves as we can.”
Shaw added: “It’s an opportunity to build momentum and it’s potentially good financially as well.
“Doing well in the Vase could create a positive atmosphere around the club.
“We’ve had a poor record in it recently. Me, personally, I’ve had a pretty shocking record in cup competitions recently, so it would be nice to right that wrong.”