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Underwood feels momentum from improved displays will have worn off by time club gets back to action

Jon Underwood feels that any momentum the club had built up from their draws against Havant and Chippenham, and their impressive display against Dartford in the FA Trophy, will have worn off by the time the Rebels get back to league action.

The side have played only 10 of their 40 league games so far and likely won’t play again until January 9, so completing the season on time isn’t a formality, especially if matches continue to be called off through January and February.

He said: “We have had this frustration of being on, off, on, off all the time.

“Our last game was the FA Trophy game against Dartford. I felt like we put in a really good performance that night. We then got all our players back and we have a fully fit squad now. In normal circumstances we’d be backing ourselves to go on a run now, but that momentum has sort of disappeared now.

“We have to try and build it back up again. It’s looking like January 9 at Dulwich.

“We have got a game scheduled on January 5 against Hampton which was postponed before Christmas. But our isolation period ends on that day or the day before. Having not played for two or three weeks or been able to train I think the procedure is that we are allowed to train before we play.

“So, I think the Hampton game will be booted back and we’ll be able to train on the Tuesday and Thursday before playing at Dulwich. Our secretary is now trying to rearrange the games from the Christmas period for January and February and the games are going to stack up, it’s doable at the moment if things go back to normal but the question is will it? Will this continue through January with three out of 10 games being played. That’s going to put the league in a very difficult position.

“For the last month or so it’s only been one or two matches being called off a weekend and it felt like things were moving along, and games were being played. It’s suddenly gone down from nine a week to three and that’s going to prove very difficult if it goes on like that through January. We’re currently on 10 games with 30 to play and our next game is January 9. It’s very difficult. None of this is easy for those organising this. It’s difficult to know what’s the right thing to do.”

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