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Reality check

By David B (legacy user)25/2/2015 13:29Wed Feb 25 13:29:49 2015In response to re: Short notice games

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I have just checked the weather forecast for Earlsmead tomorrow and it appears likely to contain rain pretty much throughout the daylight hours.

The rain which fell last weekend meant that Monday’s inspection and postponement was a formality and although it was dry yesterday, it rained for a few hours this morning, so there is almost no chance of the ground being playable either today or tomorrow, had we tried to stage a home match.

By quickly shifting the Maidstone game to last Wednesday and the date/venue for the Corinthian–Casuals to tomorrow (at their ground), means that we will not have to worry about playing twice in a midweek.

The bottom line is that there is no easy solution. This may sound stupid, but north-west London has a history of wetter weather than other parts of London and the south-east (it is to do with the arc of hills at Highgate, Hampstead, Kingsbury and Harrow creating a depression over which low clouds are more likely to spill their contents) and we have had a succession of rather wet winters. The forecast for Tolworth – where Casuals play – is actually better than Eastcote/Northolt, but only just.

Another thing to consider is the cost and effort in postponing games, which is why most clubs hate calling off games and only do so if absolutely necessary.