Gosport Borough’s Skrill South clash at Chelmsford City was one of the first fixtures to be washed out this morning.
That was thanks to a 9am pitch inspection at Melbourne Park that found torrential rain overnight had left the pitch surface resembling a lake.
That left Borough’s head of media Jeremy Fox to break the bad news, not only to the players but also to the great number of fans who planned a day out in Essex to support the side, ahead of next Saturday’s FA Trophy semi-final first leg against Lee Bradbury’s Hawks at Westleigh Park.
‘Fortunately, I was informed early enough to phone and cancel the coach and everyone else that would have made the trip,’ said Fox.
‘Honestly, though, we all expected the match to be postponed, but hopefully can now live in hope that the weather might finally behave so that pitch inspections aren’t necessary any more.’
Borough boss Alex Pike was even less pleased, particularly as another postponed league game adds more pressure on a squad who are likely to be playing three matches a week to get through an already overloaded backlog of fixtures.
So rather than waste the day, Pike planned a shorter trip from his Ringwood home to take in the Salisbury v Alfreton clash.
‘I’ve got some interest in players that have been recommended to me and our postponement gives me the opportunity to have a look at them,’ said Pike.
‘But to see another of our league matches being postponed is something that concerns me, as we are still in several cup competitions as well as the FA Trophy.
‘It’s so frustrating.
‘We sit down as a group during the week and spell out what needs to be done, only to end up looking for something else to do instead of doing what we can to battle away and climb the league table.
‘We need to be playing regularly – the lads are in a record-breaking situation and all we can hope for now is a massive break in the weather so that Privett Park can recover and our league match against Whitehawk can go ahead on Tuesday night.’
The Hawks’ Skrill South game against Boreham Wood also fell foul to the weather, as did all fixtures concerning our local Wessex League sides.