The end of the season can’t come soon enough for Heanor Town.
Several postponements due to the adverse weather earlier in the year have created a fixtures backlog in recent weeks.
And it is one Lions boss Paul Postlethwaite can’t wait to see the back of as his side look to fulfil their commitments.
When the curtain comes down this week Heanor will have played 10 games in 15 days - nine league matches and one cup quarter-final.
The most recent Midlands Football League Premier match coming last Saturday, in a 3-2 defeat away to Sporting Khalsa.
Postlethwaite said: “We’ve had five games in eight days and we were dead men walking. We put as much effort as we could do.
“We needed to take people off, we needed to rest people, it’s not fair on some of them playing five games in eight days and full 90 minutes.
“I feel demoralised but I can’t thank the lads enough. What they’re doing and getting legs out on the pitch is phenomenal. We’re extremely lucky to have them.
“I’ve never had an end of season like it. End of season games are between two side who have probably had enough and these two sides have probably had enough.
“Something’s going to have to give next week because we can’t do Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. We’re not going to be able to put sides out.
“We’ve had 12 fit lads, two have come off injured, one’s come on injured, three or four more are in the changing room in absolute bits.
“These lads deserve better than what they’re getting.”
Heanor were knocked out of the Polymac Cup at the quarter finals stage by South Normanton on Monday night, in a 1-0 scoreline.
“We want injury free games,” said Postlethwaite ahead of the tie. “Someone’s going to have a serious injury because there’s lazy legs going in, there’s half legs going in, and if there’s anyone that knows football, that’s when you get things broken.
“We’ve got to look after these lads.
“We could do with the reserves helping us out but again there seems to be an unwillingness to help out. That’s nothing to do with the lads who run the side. The lads have got an opportunity to make the step up to step five football and don’t seem to want to do it.
“It maybe just reiterates my lack of love for local football at the minute and the way it’s going.
“Some lads need to have a look at themselves and help out the 13 lads that are giving everything they’ve got for this club.”
Heanor will finish the season this week with a home match with Shepshed Dynamo on Wednesday and a trip to Haughmond on Thursday (both 7.45pm kick offs).