DUDLEY Town boss Dean Whitehouse has expressed his frustration at his side’s stop-and-start season, adding: “If it’s not the weather, it’s the badgers”.

The Robins’ manager had hoped his players could take confidence from their midweek victory against Bridgnorth into the basement battle derby with Dudley Sports at the weekend.

But Whitehouse’s hopes of picking up three more vital points were dashed as a combination of rain and badgers caused the game to be called off.

With 11 games left to fit into their season before the league cut-off date of May 5, Whitehouse is concerned – with the return of badgers at the Dell and the bad weather not looking like it will die down – that his side won’t be able to play a full slate of games.

He said: “I just don’t know what we’re doing at the moment. I can’t plan for the upcoming games as I don’t know if they’re going to go ahead and it becomes a waste of time.

“The weather is also badly affecting our training as we keep having to call sessions off to not make the pitches even worse than they are.

“Then we’ve got the situation with the badgers which doesn’t seem to be coming to an end. The club is in talks with Dudley Council so hopefully something can be sorted out.

“It’s frustrating for all of us at the moment, not just Dudley Town, but teams across the league and a lot of us are getting fed up because it’s becoming a waste of our time.

“The league has given us until May 5 to get the games done, but at the moment I don’t see how we’re going to do it.

“There’s been rumours going around of nobody going down this season or a play off between the bottom clubs in our league and the top teams in division one, but I have no idea what’s going on.

“We just need a pitch to play on. I don’t care what bit of grass it is, we just need to get these games on – one way or another.”

The Robins – who are just one point clear of the relegation zone and Stone Old Alleynians, who have two games in hand over Town – are due to head out on their travels this week with a visit to Smethwick on Wednesday night followed by a trip to Wellington on Saturday.