LAST week it was snow playing havoc with the non-League football programme.

This week heavy rain is taking it's toll.

This afternoon's Vanarama National League showdown between Eastleigh and Dover Athletic has been postponed, as has Winchester City's Evo-Stik South West game at home to league leaders Taunton Town.

Eastleigh's Silverlake Stadium playing surface has been saturated by heavy rain and, with more downpours forecast, the match has been called off early to spare Dover a wasted trip.

An Eastleigh FC statement issued earlier this morning explained: "Eastleigh Football Club can confirm that our National League game with Dover Athletic, scheduled for this afternoon, has been postponed due to the inclement weather.

"The club went to great lengths to get the game on and, with overnight rain forecast, a pitch inspection was called for 8am.

"This morning, the pitch was inspected by a match official, and was deemed too wet to play on in parts.

"With conditions due to worsen throughout the day, the decision was made to postpone the game early enough so as to not impact on travel plans for supporters and players alike.

"The club would like to thank the National League and Dover Athletic for their cooperation on this matter.

"A new date for the fixture will be arranged in due course."

It's the second blank Saturday running for Andy Hessenthaler's Spitfires.

Last weekend's scheduled trip to Barrow fell foul of 'The Beast From The East.'

Winchester also had an early pitch inspection carried out this morning with an equally depressing outcome.

The Citizens tweeted: "Confirmation that today's home game with @TauntonTownFC is OFF due to a waterlogged pitch.

"The Citizens will be back in Evo-Stik @SouthernLeague1 West action next Saturday (17 March) at home to @slimbridgeafc, kick-off 3pm."

Good news for league rivals AFC Totton, however. Their game at Bideford is ON.

In the Sydenhams Wessex League, games at Fawley and Horndean have already been postponed and several more pitch inspections are planned.