Local football scene sees league action suspended once more due to coronavirus

Local non-league football has suffered another major blow following the announcement by the Government yesterday (Wednesday) regarding the introduction of more stringent measures to fight the escalating coronavirus.

Thursday, 31st December 2020, 7:15 am
Updated Thursday, 31st December 2020, 7:20 am
The North West Counties Leagu have suspended all fixtures until further notice

The North West Counties League, in which St Helens Town and Pilkington FC compete, have suspended all fixtures until further notice and Prescot Cables' NPL trip to Marine on New Year's Day has also been postponed following the Liverpool region being switched from Tier 2 to Tier 3.

Officials from both leagues have notified clubs of the situation and if things don't improve it is possible the non-league season will not be completed just like the 2019-20 season and that would be a disaster.

NWCL League Chairman, Paul Lawler emailed all member clubs stating: "Following the announcement by the UK Government placing the majority of areas in the North West into Tier 4 - the League’s emergency committee has no choice but to once again suspend the League season with effect from midnight.

"At this moment in time we will not be setting any dates on when or if we will resume again but I will begin consulting with clubs in due course to ascertain their opinions on a way forward.

"It is a disappointing end to a very difficult year but the health and wellbeing over all concerned has to be the priority."

The new Government regulations came into effect at midnight (December 30).