Rain proves a pain for trio

Derby County's Jamie Hanson. Picture: PA Images

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The Hawks, Fareham and Hayling have all had their matches postponed today because of waterlogged pitches.

The Hawks were due to take on Hampton & Richmond at West Leigh Park but a pitch inspection deemed the surface was not playable after recent rainfall.

It adds to the fixture congestion for Shaun Gale's men.

Fareham's Wessex League clash at Romsey Town's Bypass Ground was called off after a mid-morning pitch inspection, leaving manager Matt Parr yet another match to rearrange.

'It's a problem that most of the clubs in the league have to contend with so hopefully the weather will improve by Wednesday so that we can get the season up and running again with a home match against Totton & Eling,' said Parr.

Hayling United boss Lee Paul was next to inform his disappointed squad that their match against title-chasing Poole Town at the College Ground had been postponed - also because of a waterlogged pitch.

Now Paul is left to focus his attention on what he considers a must-win match when he takes his Humbugs to meet fellow basement battlers Fawley next weekend.

'The referee came in early and had no hesitation in calling the game off, which wasn't that surprising considering the amount of rain we have had in the past couple of days,' said Paul.

'We desperately need a result at Fawley and by then everyone of my squad should be fit again after injury and that will make a huge difference to our season, I feel certain of that.'