WITH fixtures piling up and pitches becoming mudbaths, Bishop’s Stortford boss Rod Stringer admits that his team’s big FA Cup adventure seems a long time ago.
Stringer has been left frustrated by a string of weather-enforced postponements, and injuries which have seen disjointed displays since November’s big cup match against Northampton Town in front of the ITV cameras.
“It’s become a joke and it makes a mockery of the season,” he told the Observer.
“I know others are in the same boat, but we’re going to have to fit so many fixtures into so few days and I just don’t have a big enough squad.”
He added: “The FA Cup, our early season form, we had the town buzzing.
“Now that all seems like a distant memory. We’ve had players out, our performances have changed as the weather has changed.
“The pitches are worse and we can’t let our football do the talking. We have to dig deep and fight for results.”
The postponements have meant Blues skipper Reece Prestedge has still not been able to serve the last game of his three-game suspension.
There has also been further injury woe for defender Johnny Herd, who could be out for four to six weeks, after requiring an MRI scan on a leg injury sustained last month, which hasn’t felt right since he returned to action.
In an attempt to offset the loss of the talented wing-back, Stringer has decided to take advantage of part of the deal which took striker Kyle Vassell to Sky Bet League One side Peterborough United.
Within the terms of the switch, Stortford were allowed to take two players on loan from the club during the season.
Stringer has chosen to bring in 19-year-old Michael Richens until the end of the season.
The teenager has already had loans at Skrill Premier Nuneaton Town and Skrill South side Whitehawk this season.
“It’s a deal that works for us because I haven’t got any budget and we can bring Michael in for basically just expenses,” said Stringer.
“He’s a decent footballer and can play anywhere down the right, so it gives us the option to push Ashley Miller to the left to cover Johnny.”
The Blues boss also revealed that he was still looking for a centre-back to supplement his ranks.
Stortford travel to 10th-placed Bath City on Saturday, before welcoming Staines Town, who sit seventh, on Tuesday night.