HARRIERS boss John Pemberton believes this Saturday's postponed game with Farsley Celtic could prove a real blessing in disguise.

It follows Harriers request to have the game called off owing to international call-ups.

Harriers have Rhys Williams on duty for England under-19s while both Milan Butterfield and Knory Scott will be playing for Bermuda.

But Harriers have further inactivity facing them as the following week's trip to Darlington has also been called off owing to their involvement in the FA Cup.

Harriers own FA Cup campaign came to an abrupt halt last week when they crashed out of the competition with a 3-0 defeat in a replay at Stafford Rangers.

Pemberton admitted: "We should have wrapped it up in the home leg. We didn't play well in the replay but we cannot dwell on it now. We have to move forward and start climbing the league table."

Pemberton was much more encouraged by last Saturday's 1-0 defeat at long distance Spennymoor and insisted: "We deserved to get something out of that game. It was a real good performance after the Stafford game. Admittedly we were hanging on at the end and it was a real shame we conceded. We just couldn't quite hold out.

"It's been a tough schedule just recently, not just the games, but the amount of travelling that we've been doing as well, while playing every Tuesday and Saturday.

"Added to that, quite a few of the lads had been carrying knocks.

"Although you always want to play, to be honest, I'm not too disappointed that the games against Farsley and Darlington have been called off.

"It will give us the chance to regroup, get some hard work in and get some bodies back fit again.

"If I need to arrange a fixture in the meantime, I will do.

"People don't always see what is going on behind the scenes and the injuries that some players have been carrying."