ONCE again the elements conspired to decimate the Sunday League programme, with all games on council pitches in the borough postponed.
In the North Hants John Ward Cup third round tie staged at Andover League’s Chestnut Tree, UWS shared four goals in 90 minutes and then won the tie 3-2 in extra-time.
Worthies Sports and Social of Winchester proved too strong for visiting Ghost.
Ghost’s threadbare squad were already weakened by absences and injuries and subsequently was reduced to only 10 men early in the game and succumbed to 5-1 defeat.
Only one Basingstoke and District League game survived and that was in Division 4, where White Hart entertained Rotherwick on a very heavy muddy pitch, which deteriorated as the match progressed.
Rotherwick started brightly and scored the opening goal after 10 minutes, with Steve Farquhar heading home from a well-placed Chris Sawkins’ corner.
Home side White Hart rallied and got themselves back into the game with an equaliser before the interval, with Adam Davies in the visitors goal keeping them in the game.
Early in the second-half James Neil scored again for Rotherwick. Both sides played good football taking into account the very muddy conditions but White Hart were unable to reduce the deficit as Rotherwick's unbeaten run was extended to four games.
Only one match survived the previous week and that saw Basingstoke Saints venture out into the western wilderness in pursuit of further progress in the second round of the Andover President's Cup.
Into the den of the wolves of AFC Wolversdene they stumbled, suffering three penetrative wounds in the first 45 minutes.
After the break, the Saints fared better as they scored two and conceded two as they lost 5-2. Matthew Cuthbertson and Walter Ndoro scored.