HARROW Borough will be without David Howell until after Christmas.
The Earlsmead boss flies out to Barbados this weekend to join the rest of his family as they spend their first Christmas together since the death of his mum earlier this year.
It means he will be absent for Sunday’s clash with Kingstonian and the subsequent league games away to Billericay (14th) and at home to Tooting & Mitcham (18th), as well as the visit to Earlsmead of Wingate & Finchley in the Ryman League Cup on December 21.
Howell said: "We’ve had it planned since April, just after mum passed away. My family just decided to all go out to be with my sister in Barbados. I’m the last to travel and my sister doesn’t think I’ll be coming because she knows about my football, so it’ll be a surprise for her."
Trusty assistant Ken Charlery takes over the reins for the trip to high-flying Kingstonian on Sunday.
It’s only the second time Borough have played football on a Sunday in chairman Peter Rogers’s 43 years at the club.
But the extra day’s rest may play in Borough’s favour as they battle to get Danny McGonigle fit for the trip to Kingsmeadow. The midfielder suffered a slight reaction after his first session training on Monday since hobbling off with an ankle injury in Borough’s last match before the snow set in against Sutton last month.
Howell added: "We are hopeful with the extra day Danny might make some further improvement and be in the running for Saturday."