Poulton: It’s time for fixtures change

Chamal Fenelon is banned
Chamal Fenelon is banned
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Hayling United manager Steve Poulton fears a fixture backlog as the bad weather continues to wreck the festive Wessex League programme.

The Humbugs are due to host Newport IOW tomorrow at Hayling College (3pm) but Poulton fears the game may become the latest in a long line of postponements.

‘We are still four games off completing half our season,’ he said.

‘It is the same for everyone but, if it continues like this, we will face playing more than two games a week towards the end of the season.

‘Having been involved in football for 25 years, maybe we have become stuck in our ways.

‘Possibly, it is time to look at it a little differently as the weather seems to be getting worse each season.

‘Maybe we should consider starting the season earlier or finishing later when the weather is better.

‘The idea of a mid-season break is something else that could be looked at.

‘We just want to get playing again and able to pick up some momentum.’

Horndean are without suspended pair striker Chamal Fenelon and Joe Noakes as they entertain second-placed Bemerton Heath Harlequins at Five Heads Park (3pm).

‘They have not been able to complete their suspensions because games keep getting called off,’ said manager Dave Carter.

‘Our last league game was at the beginning of the month and it is frustrating.

‘Bemerton knocked us out of the FA Vase in our last game so we want to put the record straight.’

Horndean are boosted by the return of captain and experienced central defender Tom Chapman.

AFC Portchester visit Hamworthy United with three central defenders missing.

‘Two are suspended and another is unavailable,’ said manager Glenn Bridgman.

‘I will have to reshuffle at the back but it will give a couple of other players a chance.

‘We have made good progress recently when I have been able to put a consistent side out.’

Moneyfields take on New Milton Town at Dover Road (3pm).

Fareham Town host Totton & Eling at Cams Alders (3pm).