Fuel shortage wipes out Sussex football games – arguments rage over early calls



Bognor faced Wingate and Finchley on Saturday – but will no longer face Leatherhead on Tuesday / Photo: Martin Denyer

Bognor against Leatherhead and Kingstonian against Horsham in the Isthmian premier and Hastings against Ashford United are among matches already called off after the league gave clubs the green light to postpone if they thought the trip was going to be difficult.

This morning, Whitehawk v Burgess Hill, Worthing v Merstham, Haywards Heath v Chichester City and Lewes v Carshalton were added to the list of isthmic recalls – while the SCFL said it sadly advises postponing all of its mid-season games. week.

The postponements have not gone well with many fans and some host clubs, who feel that the decisions to cancel are taken too soon.

After Ashford requested the cancellation of their Tuesday night visit to Hastings, Hastings CEO Billy Wood tweeted: “I don’t understand why we couldn’t have waited until match day to see if this Continuing fuel situation on Sunday shows me that @AshfordUnitedFC doesn’t feel like this. “

Ashford said on his website: “Unfortunately, the club felt they had no other alternative due to the ongoing issues, and this decision was not taken lightly.”

Leatherhead’s decision to cancel their visit to Bognor, also scheduled for Tuesday, has denounced a number of Rocks fans, saying it is ridiculous.

Lewes chairman Stuart Fuller said on Twitter: “It’s not going to improve, if at all, in the next 48 hours. The league would be criticized for delaying a decision or not making one at all. Some clubs may use it as an excuse, for others it could be genuine. The situation is not good here in South East London. “

Rocks Fan Club President Ian Guppy tweeted: “Crazy to see non-league games canceled on Sunday for Tuesday due to the ‘fuel crisis’ … seems crazy to allow individual clubs to make that call? If Club A can’t travel to Club B and it’s 50 miles in semi-pro football, then surely all matches over 50 miles need to be called off. Confusing. “

Horsham’s visit to Kingstonian on Wednesday is also at a standstill. Horsham said: “The Hornets’ scheduled game against Kingstonian, scheduled for next Wednesday, has been postponed due to the current fuel shortage.

“The decision to cancel the game was taken after the League contacted all clubs earlier this afternoon, giving them the option to postpone games to midweek due to anticipated difficulties in bringing players, officials and supporters at matches. Details on a postponed date will be announced in due course. “

The SCFL issued a statement saying: “In view of the current and growing fuel shortage, SCFL has reluctantly decided that ALL FIXTURES scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday evening should be POSTPONED.

“The situation will continue to be reviewed on a daily basis – and any decisions regarding the Under-23 games on Thursday will be made earlier.

“All clubs are responsible for ensuring that match officials are fully informed. – all matches will be rescheduled as soon as possible.”

This story will be updated with any further news from canceled games. If your club’s game is disabled by email [email protected] to make it public.



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