Lewes match postponed despite volunteers’ efforts

The torrid weather has also had a damaging effect on AFC Uckfield.

The torrid weather has also had a damaging effect on AFC Uckfield.

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Despite the best efforts of volunteers working on the pitch, Lewes’ New Year’s Day match at home to Maidstone United could not beat the weather.

With persistent rain falling throughout the day, as well as with all the rain that had followed in the days before, the Dripping Pan stood no real chance as the entire Ryman Premier schedule was washed out.

The deluge wiped out every non-league match in Sussex, although Crawley Down Gatwick’s match at Guernsey in the Ryman South did go ahead.

However, the match had to be moved back to a 7.30pm kick off rather than 4pm as scheduled due to the flight out to the Channel Islands being delayed.

The flight didn’t prove to be worth the wait however, with hosts Guernsey romping to a club-record 11-0 win at The Footes Lane Stadium, with forward Ross Allen scoring six.

With the forecast predicting more rain leading up to the weekend there has to be question marks over the likelihood of any matches over the weekend taking place.

As well as having a washing out a large majority of fixtures in the county in recent weeks, the torrid weather has also had a damaging effect on AFC Uckfield.

The severe gale-force winds combined with the rain forced the home dugout to detach from its foundations, and can now be found leant back against the fence, which is also in dire need of repair.

The wooden fence posts along one side of The Oaks have been taken down after the effects of Mother Nature on Christmas Eve and will have to be replaced.

The club’s home match against Loxwood has been postponed with the permission of the Sussex County League following the damage, and the small club will have to get everyone together and pray the rain stays away long enough to effectively put their ground back together.