(Above) Burridge's Mike Reed: disappointed on so many levels.
Bad weather has limited Burridge to only two games in the last eleven weeks, which might lead you to wonder just what players have been doing with all the spare time Saturday afternoon's have brought them. Has Burridge striker Paul Andrews finally conquered that particularly tricky stretch of sky line in his 1,200 piece jigsaw puzzle of the 1983 Crufts Best in Show? Has the voice of Burridge's back four, Paul Dyke, finally realised that his daily use of a canister of hair spray is responsible for wiping out a significant proportion of the world's population of guillemots? And has potty mouthed Sam Schwodler put the finishing touches to his matchstick model of the Cutty Sark?
All pertinent questions to which there are no clear answers to. The truth is that there was a time when Burridge gaffer, Pete Lyons', text message on Saturday morning telling players that the match was off was greeted with dread. Now, it's arrival is met with an air of inevitability. Burridge, along with many other local teams, face the prospect of rushing from work to play mid-week games once the clocks revert back to British Summer time in March. But why wait until then? If the season is to be completed before the football posts are taken down for the cricket season, then why not put the clocks back now? But this year why not put them back a little further than an hour?
Nothing drastic you understand. Putting them back about fifteen hours ought to do the trick. That way nine in the morning, when it is light, actually becomes six in the evening, which is the ideal time to commence games. By doing so I think you'll agree that we can eat through this fixture congestion in no time. While this doesn't solve the problem of the waterlogged pitches, it does at least provide a window in which to play the fixtures in. Football is our national sport, so whether this becomes reality depends ultimately on how seriously our government takes completing the 2009/10 Drew Smith Group Southampton League season.
Home secretary, Alan Johnson, the ball is in your court.