“It’s been a tough year for everybody…”

Boss Russ Penn on preparing as best he can for the re-start of the season…

Russ Penn. (c) PA Images

RUSS PENN says Harriers are continuing to work hard in a bid to resume the season in National League North.

The Reds have been without a game since the 3-2 defeat to Gloucester on January 9.

The current suspension of the National League has extended the wait, but as things stand the action is due to recommence next weekend.

There of course remains plenty of uncertainty around the status of the season in general but, as players and management, Penn was clear in saying that’s not something the group can control.

Admitting it has been a tough year for everybody, the gaffer was adamant the hard work must continue and that for now, it’s business as usual.

He said: “I feel sorry for the players – not just ours, but all the players in the league, because the unknown is the killer.

“We like to be organised and to plan in football, and to have a structured lifestyle, and there’s certainly a lack of that this season.

“These are unprecedented times at the moment, and we’ve had so many weekends off – no footballer has been in this situation before, so it has been difficult.

“But we’re like all clubs at this level and we all have the same kind of programme, so we’ve got to be at it.

“It has been a tough year for everybody.”

At present, the National League North recommences on February 6th.

Harriers are currently without a game that day following Southport’s progress in the FA Trophy – with the boss confirming he’s doing all he can to get another match in its place.

If that isn’t possible, it’ll be the following Tuesday for the Reds when they travel to Boston United.

“We’ve got a lot of games to play in a short period of time and the whole squad has got to be ready,” Penn added.

“It has been intense this week, but the lads have been great and have responded really well.

“They want to be out there anyway and it’s a bit of fresh air for them, so we’ll be right at it.

“It doesn’t take a lot of me to motivate them to be honest, they’re all motivating themselves as they want to be out there.”

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