Petersfield fearing unwanted hat-trick

Petersfield Town boss Ian Saunders with his players   Picture: Neil Marshall
Petersfield Town boss Ian Saunders with his players Picture: Neil Marshall
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Petersfield Town are fearing they will complete a hat-trick of postponed home league matches with tonight’s scheduled game against Potters Bar Town (7.45pm).

The Rams have already seen fixtures with Northwood last Wednesday and Godalming Town on Saturday called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

The Love Lane playing surface is possibly now in an even worse condition than when it was assessed for those two matches following the torrential downpours of the last few days.

With more rain predicted by forecasters in the run up to tonight’s Southern League division one central clash, club officials fear they will have to pull the plug on this game as well.

‘It’s frustrating for all concerned at the club at the moment but there is not much we can do about the situation,’ explained chairman Graeme Moir.

‘Matches at Petersfield tend to be put on when a lot of other games are postponed but even we have now reached the point where a heavy shower on the day of the game could be enough for us to have to cancel a match.

‘It’s not a drainage issues with the pitch – we’ve just had so much rain from just before Christmas that the water table under the pitch now is so high, every bit of weather we have just seems to top up what is lying on the pitch.

‘The ground is so soft it is impossible to get any equipment on the pitch to try and help the situation.

‘When this happens you just get stuck in a cycle of bad weather coming in and games having to be called off.’

A pitch inspection is likely to be held at the ground late afternoon to see whether Ian Saunders’ side will be in action.

It could be another frustration to add to the news about the roof being ripped off a stand at the Love Lane stadium during stormy weather on New Year’s Eve.

A freak gust of wind is thought to have lifted the roof from the main structure of the stand and then thrown it upside down behind the stand’s original position.

‘It doesn’t rain but it pours for us at the moment in terms of some of the challenges being thrown in our direction at the club,’ added Moir.