EUXTON Villa manager Mark McDonnell hopes to overcome an injury headache as his side targets some silverware this season.

They were frustrated by the weather like most clubs as their fixture against Thornton Cleveleys was called off.

Instead weather permitting, the Richardson Cup tie will go ahead at the Jim Fowler Stadium.

McDonnell believes the delay could help them get some injured players back.

He said: “It was a washout again with the Beast from the East.

“We now have a lot of night matches to get through the season.

“I don’t think I have seen it as bad as this where in first week of March we have had games off because of the snow.

“This weekend gives us a chance of silverware as we can get into semi-final.

“We were disappointed to lose in the semifinal of the Lancashire Amateur Shield but we have to get on with it.”

McDonnell is forward to the home tie at the weekend.

He said: “It is a really big game and it is our last real chance of silverware.

“We have managed to beat them 3-2 twice this season but they have been some really close games.

“I have got a few injuries at the moment and it was probably good the weather was bad as it may give us a chance to get a few more back.

“The league game with Blackpool has been postponed because the cup takes precedence.

“We have managed to bring in Andy Bell who used to be at Bamber Bridge and Fleetwood but he has had a few niggles. At least he will strengthen the squad in the games we have left.

“We have had a few problems with Ryan Thompson and Rob Walker being injured.

“The extra week break may help us get more back.”

Villa have slipped down to fourth in the Premier Division - four points behind Fulwood Amateurs but McDonnell’s side won their games in hand they would move up to second.

They are also scheduled to take on local rivals Coppull United in their next Premier Division game on March 17.