Fuel crisis takes Borough match scalp

By Connor Steel / Photograph by Gosport Borough Media

GOSPORT BOROUGH’s planned home game on Wednesday evening versus Wimborne Town has been postponed at a day’s notice, joining 49 other matches to be put off this midweek.

The cancellations are due to nationwide fuel-related issues, with demand rising due to a shortage of drivers – a problem that has escalated since mainstream media reports  appeared last Friday.

The Southern League South encounter, due to take place at Privett Park with a 7.45pm kick-off on Tuesday afternoon, was postponed when Wimborne’s social media stated they wouldn’t be travelling across the South Coast to play Borough as previously scheduled. The visitors cited “fuel shortages” but it is unclear whether they intended travelling by car or in a team coach.

Nine other midweek matches have been delayed across the Southern League’s Premier Central and South divisions, with a further seven postponed from its Division One Central and South divisions. Sholing’s game away versus Cirencester on Tuesday was one of the few that went ahead, with the Boatmen losing to their Western opponents thanks to a last-gasp winner.

Meanwhile, seven of the nine matches scheduled for the Isthmian League’s Premier Division on Tuesday night were postponed, with another fixture scheduled for Wednesday night also affected. A further 17 midweek fixtures in the Isthmian League’s South-Central, North, and South East divisions were also cancelled.

The entire programme of the ninth and tenth tiers of the Southern Combination Football League was wiped out last night, but localised leagues such as the Wessex League Premier were largely unaffected including Fareham and Portchester matches.

No rescheduled games have been given another planned date as yet, whilst Gosport’s attention will turn to their Southern League visit to Dorchester on Saturday afternoon. However fans and media staff have been advised to follow the club website as it is not known whether fuel issues will impact the weekend’s non-league calendar.