NWCL hopeful of new season start in July
Pilkington FC and St Helens Town are set to start the 2021/2 North West Counties League season on Saturday, July 31.
The last couple of seasons have been cut short by Covid-19 but the league management committee is keeping their fingers crossed that football will be able to resume in three months' time.
A statement released by the NWCL says: ''Following the disappointments of the two previous seasons being curtailed by the pandemic, we looked at the potential for logistical issues which could surround the re-start.
''However, we are confident enough to set a date, subject to conditions being right to play open and competitive football in what is viewed as normal operating conditions.
''It is hoped that by the time July comes around there will be few, if any restrictions, regarding spectator access to stadia, hospitality provision and, of course, operational requirements such as team and officials changing facilities and so on.
''If we still find ourselves in a restricted operational environment, it is likely that this will need to be reviewed.
''However, given the positive outlook at present with regards to the pace of road maps, vaccinations and lockdown easements, we are hopeful to start a new campaign which will also take us up to the 40th anniversary year of the foundation of the North West Counties League.''
The statement adds: ''We are also hoping to confirm the staging of the 2019-20 Macron Cup Final between 1874 Northwich and Runcorn Town which is still outstanding but an event that we are keen to hold. It is hoped we can confirm a date for this in the coming days.''