By Connor Steel
WITH little midweek action across their two divisions as Christmas approaches, many Wessex League clubs officials have been finalising their fixtures for the months of January and February 2022; having minor ramifications to both Fareham Town and AFC Portchester games across the next two months.
These rescheduled matches are down to a range of reasons such as player availability, the risks of a Covid-19 outbreak and some clubs playing in the latter stages of the FA Vase. Teams involved in this schedule-change have all been notified with agreement and this information released to supporters.
Mid-table Fareham will therefore get an extra day after Christmas when they travel away to a Baffins Milton Rovers side flying in the table. This match will be played at the PMC Stadium on December 28 (Tuesday) at 7:30pm instead of an original date of Bank Holiday Monday in a bid to get a full ground.
The Creeksiders’ trip to Bournemouth Poppies will be played on January 15 with a 3pm kick off time whilst the visit of Hamble Club moved to February 19; this game being postponed from November as floodlights failed at Cams Alders. They will now play Moneyfields on February 8 instead of March 20.
Similarly Portchester have seen a range of changes to fixtures as the league attempts to balance FA Vase ties; their most pressing being their game versus Alton originally set for January 18. The teams are now scheduled to face each other three days earlier (15/01) at On-Site Group Stadium (KO 3pm).
This game replaces Portchester’s clash versus Brockenhurst originally scheduled for that day due to the Badgers being in other competitions. The Royals will now travel to the New Forest on February 19; in turn moving their trip to Alresford Town to February 1 and home clash versus Bashley to the end of January (29/01) with a 3pm kick off as part of the fixture domino-effect.
All other fixtures remain unchanged at this point; Fareham and Portchester waiting for news on the date for their Wessex League Cup Semi Final clash after winning earlier this month. The Royals don’t know who they will be playing in the quarter final stage of 2021/22 Hampshire Senior Cup in the first month of New Year.
The Wessex League have thanked all clubs for being able to rearrange these fixtures and apologised for any inconvenience caused by the changes. Fans are also advised to keep updated with their club’s fixtures as these could be postponed at any point due to weather and Covid-19 restrictions.
PICTURED BY CHRIS MOORHOUSE: Fareham and Portchester head into battle for rearranged fixtures