Written by Andy Jones (@TheRamblingHam)
Ringwood Town welcomed new signing Harrison Fay as the attacking midfielder made his debut in some truly dreadful weather.
The Macra Community Stadium saw Ringwood host yet more tough opposition as Bemerton Heath Harlequins visited Long Lane.
A deluge of rain battered the pitch and the game was subsequently called off by the referee after 77 minutes.
Ringwood had gone in at half-time 1-0 down after Bemerton took advantage of some sloppy defending just inside the box.
Fay was brought on after the break and Ringwood started to push for an equaliser, but the rain and wind continued to persist and after 77 minutes the referee made the decision to abandon the match.
Ringwood’s manager Richard Morse said: “It absolutely bucketed it down, conditions were really, really tough.”
Despite the poor conditions, Morse was pleased with his side’s efforts. “We were well in the game and it was evenly matched; they have some real talented players,” he added.
Morse was however disappointed with how his side conceded, describing the goal as “soft” and that “they could have defended better” but overall was pleased with his team’s performance.
Morse was angry that the initial decision to call the game off was taken with his side in the ascendency, a point was more than up for grabs – possibly even the win.
The Sydenhams Wessex league will make any final decision on whether the game is to be rescheduled but Morse was in a confident mood that the game will be replayed.
Ringwood now face a trip to local rivals Downton up the A338 and Morse is hoping his side can keep up their performances. He said: “If we apply ourselves right we will be okay in the game – we go there positive”