Jan 24 2013 by Matt Lewis, Harrow Observer
DAVE Anderson worked his Harrow players’ socks off last week in anticipation of the big freeze and hopes his careful preparation pays off this weekend.
Bury Town’s visit to Earlsmead on Saturday was called off due to snow and Boro’s proposed friendly with Crystal Palace also fell victim to the weather on Monday.
It already looks doubtful that this weekend’s trip to Canvey Island will go ahead due to freezing conditions but Anderson is ready should the match get the green light.
“We trained hard last Tuesday and Thursday because we knew what was coming,” said the Boro boss. “I gave them Saturday off because we thought that was going to be the height of it and they’d worked hard all week so that was fine.
“This week we will be looking for a synthetic surface and if we can’t find one then they will be doing gym work. Everybody is in the same boat. We’re up on our games though and we’ve got a few more free Tuesdays than other teams.
“Canvey is sometimes different to be inland so there is hope. I think you always have to prepare as if it is going to happen, so that if it does then you’re not caught out. That’s why we will train twice this week.”
Should the trip to south Essex go ahead, Anderson is expecting to face a side similar to Metropolitan Police, who Boro drew with last time out and are due to clash with again next Tuesday.
“I do think they are a good young side, similar to Met Police in many ways, and you don’t get to where they are in the league if you’re a bad side,” he added. “I would rather play them on a Saturday than a Tuesday that’s for sure but you take what you’re dealt.”
Anderson is due to start a two-game touchline ban against the Yellow Army this weekend, following a verbal altercation with a match official.