Wessex is at 'crisis' point says Portland boss Gary Bailey

Wednesday 11th April 2018

PORTLAND United manager Gary Bailey has said the Sydenhams Wessex Premier League is getting to a "crisis point" with regards to fixture postponements.

His words come the day after his side had their encounter at Sholing postponed and still have eight fixtures left to fulfill before the end of the season which is currently scheduled to end on April 21 with a trip to Horndean.

Bailey said: "I think it is getting to a crisis point now for everybody, we are running out of time.

"Even if they extend the league by a week I do not think they can get all of the fixtures in so it is just a freak of nature and obviously it is not just us that have been affected by it.

Bailey acknowledged the difficulty that other leagues have had with postponements as the Toolstation Western League have extended their league by a week and teams in Division One of the Devon and Exeter League, where Lyme Regis play, having a side that remarkably are still not halfway through their season.

Bailey said: "It is not just the Wessex league, I think everybody in the Western League is probably in a worse state,

"I know Bridport's league are really struggling but like I say it is out of everybody's hands. No one can do anything about it and all the clubs I am sure are doing all they can to get the games on.

With the wet weather that teams have faced this season Bailey acknowledged it has led to a difficult situation with regards to the pitches.

Bailey said: "It is just with the amount of games we have had and with how wet the ground is already it does not take much more to just get it tipped over. We are all keeping our fingers crossed that this weekend we can get some football played."


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