GREAT HARWOOD captain Russell Whalley hopes the weather relents to give his side the chance to build up some steam at the top end of the Ribblesdale League.
With a double-header scheduled this weekend against Blackburn Northern and then derby rivals Oswaldtwistle Immanuel Whalley is desperate to see some action.
Harwood are yet to lose but last Saturday's wash-out means that they have managed only three league games so far to trail the early pace-setters.
"The good thing is we are unbeaten but I have never known it so bad," said Whalley. "We really just want to get out and play and get some matches under our belt.
"If we could get two games in this weekend and get 14 points it would really get us going and give us some momentum.
"We will certainly be doing eveything we can to get our game on on Saturday. Our groundsman Ian Welsh is doing a tremendous job. He's putting the hours in and the ground and the square are looking really good."
Neither Northern or Sunday's opponents Immanuel have won a league game yet this season but Whalley is not taking maximum points for granted.
"We never take any game lightly because anybody can beat anbybody and we will have to play well.
"Oswaldtwistle will win some games and I just hope it isn't against us," added Whalley, who had a two-year stint as professional at New Lane.
"They are a great club and (captain) Gerard Metcalfe does a fantastic job. It's just unfortunate for them that all the good young players they bring through move on to play elsewhere."
Harwood will, however, start as warm favourites for both games with professional Gyan Pandey dodging the showers to show some impresive early season form.
In four knocks the former Todmoren paid-man has scored a hundred and two half-centuries. Whalley believes the Indian all-rounder also brings a winning mentality to a Harwood side also beneftting from the return of Ian Haworth and Phil Allan.
After letting a lead slip in last season's title race Whalley is not making any bold predictions this time around.
But he believes the Cliffe Park outfit is capable of mounting a challenge to favourites Clitheroe, whose side now boasts thee players who have been professionals in the league.
Whalley added: "I think the side to beat will be Clitheroe and most people will think that. But the pressure is on them and if Baxenden can beat them then why can't we?
"There will be one or two suprise packages including ourselves and Ribblesdale Wanderers, who have started well and have an excellent pro in Joe Scuderi."
Wanderers got lucky with the weather last weekend when their game at Settle was the only one which finished. And with the Clitheroe outfit romping to a six-wicket win the 2000 champions overhauled Padiham at the top.
Oswaldtwistle were facing likely defeat at Clitheroe when rain curtailed their run chase and they will be looking to get off the mark when they entertain fellow strugglers Read on Saturday.
Baxenden face a trip to Earby before the local derby at Edenfield on Sunday.