DORCHESTER Town, Weymouth and Bridport were all victims of the severe rainfall that ravaged the region yesterday, with local football decimated by the extreme weather.
All eight fixtures in the Bespoke Teamwear Dorset Premier League, including those for Portland United, Bridport Reserves and Weymouth Reserves, were also wiped out.
And the Dorset Football League didn’t escape either with every match in the six divisions being postponed because of water-logged pitches.
While their home game with Hayes & Yeading bit the dust on Saturday morning, Dorchester’s players were kept busy thanks to a training session instead.
Three of their last five fixtures have been called off and although that means more midweek action later in the season, director of football Matt Lucas is hoping their rearranged matches won’t give them too many issues.
“It’s good for players to play regularly but sometimes it is nice to have a break,” he said. “And even though there wasn’t a game the players came in for training.
“The only problem is we’ll come to a point in the season when fixtures will be clubbed together, but hopefully it won’t be too bad.”
Dorchester’s next outing is scheduled to be at Boreham Wood on Saturday when they will be without Mark Jermyn, Steve Walker and Clive Makoni, who are all suspended.
But Lucas is confident the squad has enough to deal with the situation, adding: “The squad is small but the players who have come up from the reserves this season haven’t disappointed in any way.
“We’re really pleased with the two new lads on loan from Bournemouth and they will certainly help us in the coming weeks.”
The Terras were one of the last clubs to cancel their game at the weekend.
Their home fixture against Chesham United survived an early pitch inspection but constant rain throughout the morning eventually left them with no other choice.
Club chairman Nigel Biddlecombe said: “The volunteers that work on the pitch did a fantastic job and, at one stage, we thought it would be okay. However, the rain continued and didn’t clear as quickly as we had hoped.”
The Terras are back in action in the third round of the Red Insure Cup on Tuesday night when they will entertain Tiverton Town (7.45pm).
Only two matches in the Toolstation Western League were played on Saturday, both in the top tier, with away victories for Bristol Manor Farm and Brid-port’s next opponents, Cadbury Heath.
And there was a virtual washout on the rugby field as well with Dorchester’s visit to Cor-sham in Southern Counties South rained off.
The derby between Dorchester’s and Weymouth’s second XVs at Coburg Road in Dorset & Wilts Two South failed to get the green light, as did Bridport’s home tussle with Westbury in One South.
One of the few games on was in Two South where Puddletown were beaten 26-0 at North Dorset Thirds.