Women's Sport: Portsmouth Women have not played a league game since November

The frustration when a football match is called off is frustrating, but imagine if your club has had to postpone 14 of their games so far this season.

Sunday saw Portsmouth Women have the 14th game of their campaign called off – 12 of which have been due to an unplayable pitch. 

The club, who play in the third-tier, were set to play rivals Southampton in League Cup action at home, however, this and their Hampshire Cup match against Winchester was postponed for a second time after a pitch inspection more than 24 hours before the scheduled kick-off.

As a result of Sunday’s game being called off, Pompey will have six games in hand to teams in the National League Southern Premier Division – having played their last league fixture on November 24.

“If we turn up and a game is on, it’s a bit more of a surprise for us,” Portsmouth manager Jay Sadler said.

“It is a burden on fans. We want to build attendance and having a solid set of games helps build the fanbase. It’s very hard as the girls and the staff put all the effort in to train during the week and then all that planning goes out the window.” 

Portsmouth has had drainage issues at the PMC Stadium – the ground they play their home matches at. This is owned by men’s non-league outfit Baffins Milton Rovers.

A waterlogged pitch has been the reason for nine of their home fixtures being postponed.

“The weather down on the south coast has been atrocious,” continued Sadler.

“It’s very difficult. You can’t help the weather but we do need to start getting these games on. The league obviously aren’t too impressed.

“Prior to coming under the umbrella of the men’s club in 2018, we played at 14 different home venues. Since having our home base, our attendances have grown, so we want to stay within the city of Portsmouth and have a central hub.

“But unfortunately now we’re probably going to have to look elsewhere because it is also affecting Baffins Milton. Between us, we’ve got to play about 20 league games in around 15 weeks, plus cup ties.”

The club still has 15 league games to play this season.

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