Halesowen Town will be hoping the rain stays away as they attempt to book their place in the BGB Premier Division play-off final at the second time of asking this evening (Thursday, 7.45pm kick-off).

The Yeltz will once again go head-to-head with Chippenham Town at the Grove following the abandonment of the original fixture on Tuesday.

The referee called the game off just after the half hour mark due to a water-logged pitch.

Chippenham were leading 3-2 at the time but Halesowen manager Morell Maison was just pleased common sense prevailed before anyone got injured.

The boss said: "It was just farcical and the pitch was more suited to a game of water polo.

"I don't think the referee should have started the game and sitting in the dug-out I knew there was no chance the game would finish and I was just praying no-one got injured.

"Luckily everyone came out of it unscathed."

Despite there being only a third of the match played in horrendous conditions, Maison has been able to take plenty out of the game to prepare him for tonight.

He said: "It was quite a useful exercise for us and it gave me a good insight into Chippenham's tactics and their set-piece plays.

"They have changed a few things since our last encounters and we will now know what to expect and there will be a few things we will be tinkering with ourselves.

"I envisage making one or two changes because I think we will need to have a bit more height and strength in certain areas of the field."

Those earmarked for a return to the starting line-up are Zema Abbey, Rodney Hicks and Nick Amos.

The long-serving Amos (pictured) missed the first encounter after twisting his ankle in Saturday's 2-2 draw away at Mangotsfield but the manager is hopeful he could be back in action this evening.

Two of Chippenham's three goals in the abandoned clash came from headers and Maison believes Amos is the man to repel this danger.

He added: "Nick's got some movement back in his ankle and a lot of the swelling has gone down so we are hopeful he will be back for tonight.

"We definitely missed his aerial presence a the back because he's an old-fashioned centre half who loves to attack the ball.

"If he doesn't return for the semi-final I would expect him to be back for the final if we get there."

Tonight's winners will be forced to travel down to Twerton Park on Saturday (3pm kick-off) to face a fresh and recharged Team Bath who saw off Bashley 4-1 on Tuesday evening.

Everyone who attended Tuesday's game was issued with a ticket for free entry while all children will be allowed in free of charge.

Turnstiles will be open to those who were unable to attend on Tuesday.

Maison is hoping another bumper crowd will be present.

He said: ""It would be great if the public could once again come out in their numbers and cheer us on in our bid for promotion."