Festive frustration for Wessex sides

21/12/12''Cams Alders. Fareham v Lymington, called off due to heavy rain.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves
21/12/12''Cams Alders. Fareham v Lymington, called off due to heavy rain.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves
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GLENN BRIDGMAN has revealed his frustration as the heavy rain threatens to wreck the festive programme for AFC Portchester.

Their Wessex League premier division trip to Alresford was postponed on Saturday.

And now Portchester need some help from the weather gods to get their Wicor Rec pitch ready to host Fareham on Boxing Day (11.30am).

Bridgman is far from optimistic, though.

He said: ‘Just when we are showing our true capabilities as a side, the weather holds us back.

‘Fortunately we were spared the trip to Alresford at the weekend, with an early phone call from their secretary.

‘What is galling is the fact the majority of my squad are available after injury and they want to be out there playing – not sitting at home on a Saturday afternoon.

‘Now they are wondering just how long it is before they get a call telling them the Boxing Day match is also off.

‘We are not planning to wreck the pitch by playing on it in a saturated condition.

‘It cost the club a lot of money to get the pitch to where it is.

‘Everyone here is doing what they can to save the match but everything really depends on the weather.’

Moneyfields and Horndean are each without their leading goalscorers ahead of the derby at Dover Road (11.30am).

The hosts have striker Steve Hutchings serving a three-match ban, while Horndean’s Chamal Fenelon is also suspended.

In addition, the visitors are without defender Joe Noakes, who is also banned.

Horndean manager Dave Carter knows his men have a tough run of league games ahead.

He said: ‘Our next three games are all against teams in the top six.’

Hayling United face seventh-placed GE Hamble at Hayling College (11.30am).

All the teams will be desperate for some football, after the weekend’s postponements.