Football decimated by weather

Today's (Saturday's) local football programme has been decimated by the latest band of wet weather.

Today's football action has been decimated by the wet weather
Today's football action has been decimated by the wet weather

All of the games involving the area’s senior clubs have been postponed due to waterlogged pitches, including Hastings United’s trip to Corinthian-Casuals in Ryman Football League Division One South.

Casuals tweeted earlier this morning to say that the pitch was fine and the game would go ahead, but it later emerged that wasn’t in fact the case and the game has now been called-off by the referee.

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It means yet another game for Hastings to fit in. They still have 19 matches to play before the end of the season, and have played between two and five matches fewer than any other club in the division.

Elsewhere, the area’s three Macron Store Southern Combination Football League clubs - Bexhill United, Little Common and Westfield - have all had their games postponed.

Westfield - who have yet to play a competitive game in 2016 - will instead contest a friendly against AFC Hildenborough at Maskells School from 1.45pm. Common, meanwhile, still haven’t played a league fixture since the turn of the year.

The Macron East Sussex Football League programme has again been pretty much wiped out, although the Division One match between Eastbourne Rangers and Ticehurst will go ahead on the 3G pitch at Eastbourne Sports Park.

Rugby has also not escaped because Hastings & Bexhill’s first and second team games have been postponed due to waterlogged pitches. The front side was due to host Kent One leaders Sheppey.


(Kick-off 3pm unless stated)

Ryman League, Division 1 South: Corinthian-Casuals P Hastings Utd P.

Macron Store Southern Combination League, Division 1: Bexhill Utd P Oakwood P; Southwick P Little Common P.

Division 2 (2): Westfield P AFC Varndeanians P.

Sussex Bluefin Junior Cup, 4th round (1.30): Crowhurst P Upper Beeding II P.

Hastings & District FA Intermediate Cup quarter-final (1.30): Hollington Utd P Westfield II P.

Macron East Sussex League (2), Premier Division: Battle Baptists P Sedlescombe Rangers P; Robertsbridge Utd P Rock-a-Nore P; St Leonards Social P Peche Hill Select P.

Division 1: Eastbourne Rangers v Ticehurst; Wadhurst Utd P Sidley Utd P.

Division 2: Eastbourne Athletic P Herstmonceux P; Hastings Rangers v Peasmarsh Utd; Little Common III P Northiam 75 P; Peche Hill Select II v Catsfield.

Division 3: Burwash P Mayfield P; Hooe Sports P Pebsham Sibex P; Westfield III P St Leonards Social II P.

Division 4: Conquest Utd P Hailsham Athletico P; Grasshoppers Old Boys P Wittersham II P; Hawkhurst Utd II P Victoria Baptists P; Punnetts Town P Bexhill Rovers P; The JC Tackleway II P Battle Baptists II P.

Division 5: Icklesham Casuals II P Battle Baptists III P; Magham Down P Sedlescombe Rangers III P; Parkfield P Robertsbridge Utd II P.

Robertsbridge Charity Intermediate Cup, 2nd round (1.30): Bexhill AAC P The JC Tackleway P; Mountfield Utd P Hawkhurst Utd P.

Robertsbridge Charity Junior Cup, 2nd round (1.30): Orington P Bexhill Utd II P; West Hill Utd P Bexhill AAC II P.

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