By Connor Steel
FAREHAM TOWN FC have confirmed their home league match against Shaftesbury on Saturday has sadly been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Cams Alders; the grass surface ultimately failing an early 9am inspection following heavy downpours and windy conditions caused by Storm Claudio over the last six days.
The Wessex Premier encounter, due to kick off at 3pm, was originally due to be held at Shaftesbury’s ground in Wiltshire before this fixture was switched earlier in the week. Both teams announced this was because of urgent repair works to the Cockrams facilities, although there was no issues with the on-site artificial surface.
When announced at 9:10am the postponement was the first of multiple across the local area like Fleetlands’ home tie with New Milton Town at Powder Monkey Park. Other cancellations include US Portsmouth’s home clash versus Bemerton Heath Harlequins and Baffins Milton Rover’s planned game against Hythe & Dibden.
Fixture congestion now looks likely for the Creeksiders as they further saw their midweek encounter away at Horndean postponed on Tuesday night alongside other matches including Gosport’s home cup game against Locks Heath. Their next match will see Graham Rix’s outfit host Baffins Milton Rovers Reserves on Tuesday.
The away trip to Horndean has been re-arranged for December 6 and will feature as part of nine big games from next Saturday, not including future cup games, before a nine day break over Christmas. This is one of the busiest calendars for Wessex League clubs and features a total of five home matches at Cams Alders.
At the time of writing (12:45pm) it appears that Gosport’s visit to Beaconsfield and AFC Portchester’s journey to Portland United remain unaffected; both kicking off at 3pm. This also applies for Havant & Waterlooville’s scheduled home encounter against rivals Hemel Hempstead in the National League South (Westleigh Park).
PICTURED BY FAREHAM TOWN FC: Graphic showing whenever a scheduled game has been postponed.