SPARE a thought for a football manager's wife this winter, for it is they who are among the hardest hit from the almost relentless trail of snow and cold weather-enforced postponements.
While Gloucester City boss Dave Mehew is doubly keen for his side to return to action at Boston United tomorrow, wife Louise is also crossing her fingers.
Tired of having to put up with a moping Mehew around the house, Louise and the couple's sons will be hoping their cranky dad will finally get his football fix tomorrow.
Snow still covers the York Street pitch, but the Pilgrims are confident that it's insulating qualities will help protect it from a harsh frost tonight and with a legion of volunteers prepped for clearing, there is hope of action.
"I think they are going to leave the snow on the pitch to stop it from freezing and see where we are on Friday," Mehew said.
"We are all desperate to be playing. The players want a game, the supporters want a game and most importantly, my missus desperately wants us to have a game to get me out of the house."
"She and the kids are fed up with me moping around the house on a Saturday afternoon.
"I was trying to watch Jeff Stelling last week to see the scores and couldn't because one of my boys was watching Garfield the cat!
"We've only had two games on Saturday since the Hinckley game at the end of October and that's just plain bizarre – the missus keeps asking me how many Saturdays are we going to have off?
"We're all keen to play and we've even got a contingency plan to play Bishop's Cleeve on some rubber crumb, so we will get some football. But we're hoping it's at Boston."
One of the major problems with three weeks of postponements has been that it's halted a three-game winning streak for Mehew's men. Keen to rekindle the memory of the New Year's Day derby success against Worcester City – their last game – the Tigers boss faces a challenge to recreate the confidence that victory brought.
"Because we've not played in a long time, I'll have to give the lads a bit of a reminder about what we've achieved in the last three games," Mehew said,
"We go there in good form and it will be a test for me to build that confidence back up, so the team talk will be key.
"But there is a flip-side as well. Tom Hamblin would have had no chance of playing in the last three weeks and is now nearing a return.
"Chris Holland has also trained and is a bit further down the line and with full-back Mike Green also fit we will go there with a fully fit squad.
Boston have enjoyed an improved run of form since their 1-0 defeat by Gloucester on December 5 – a result that ended manager Jason Lee's York Street tenure.
Now managed by former Corby Town boss Graham Drury, Boston have won five, drawn two and lost only one of their eight games since that Whaddon Road loss.