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24 January 2014

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John Still summed it up at his press conference on Thursday.

“I think we’re creatures of habit and if it’s Saturday you want to play football.”

The Town haven’t kicked a ball in the Skrill Premier for three weeks, not since a goalless draw at Lincoln City on 4th January.

In that time the Hatters have seen their lead at the top of the table cut to one point, with Cambridge United collecting four points in their last two outings.

A heavy band of rain is due to smother the South East of England on Friday but the Town’s two groundmen continue to work around the clock on the Kenilworth Road pitch to enable Saturday’s meeting with Nuneaton Town to go ahead.

The pitch has taken the brunt of both boots and bad weather already this year, firstly 22 players paddled around on New Year’s Day before and another set tramped all over on an already soft surface 14 days later in an FA Trophy replay.

“I think we probably would have been OK if we hadn’t have played the Barnet game,” continued Still at his meeting with media on Thursday. “I think the pitch would have recovered, but I think the amount of rain we’ve had and the amount of work they can do on the pitch we’ve not really been able to get it where we want it.

“I think the amount of rain we had just made it too difficult.”

Having not played a league match for three weeks there’s danger the Town could be a little rusty against Kevin Wilkin’s Boro – but the boss doesn’t believe that will be the case. The whole Hatters squad got a 90-minute run out in an inter-squad friendly at Creasey Park this week.

“A little break came at the right time,” admitted Still. “It’s a week too long, but we’ve managed to get a game on ourselves this week where we managed to give everybody a game.

“So we’ve managed to get some football in, and I think the break would have helped them. I think they’ll get back into it.”

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