Clubs face fixture backlog

Arundel FC's Mill Road ground remains under water. Pictured below: Roffey's waterlogged pitch

Arundel FC's Mill Road ground remains under water. Pictured below: Roffey's waterlogged pitch

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Football clubs throughout the Horsham District face a backlog of fixtures between now and the end of the season with the wet weather showing little sign of letting up.

With pitches saturated and further showers forecast for Friday evening, local clubs across a variety of leagues could be in for another miserable weekend of postponements.

JPCT 040114 S14020288x Roffey FC game cancelled  -photo by Steve Cobb

JPCT 040114 S14020288x Roffey FC game cancelled -photo by Steve Cobb

On Tuesday night Horsham FC saw their SIXTH straight game fall foul of the weather with the Gorings Mead pitch still retaining water. Their fixture against Three Bridges, originally scheduled for Boxing Day will now take place on Tuesday, March 11.

The worst hit club in the surrounding area is Ryman side Leatherhead, whose Fetcham Grove ground has been completely flooded twice in the last two weeks.

The damage to the club is estimated to be in excess of £40,000 and is so bad the side is expected to have to find a new ground to play all their remaining homes games.

County League club Arundel’s Mill Road ground, pictured above, is still under five inches of water with home games unplayable for the foreseeable future.

Only two County League games have been completed since the turn of the year and chairman Steve Nealgrove said: “It’s not panic time at the moment but we could really do with some dry weather because calling off games does have a financial impact.

“We ask that clubs take a common sense approach to postponing games.”

The Ryman League schedule has also been badly affected and chairman Alan Turvey said: “We can’t go on for many more weeks with the same sort of problems or else teams will be playing two to three games per week at the end of the season.”

No matches in the West Sussex Football League went ahead on Saturday while the Worthing & Horsham District League was also badly affected.

Full story in today’s West Sussex County Times.