Prescot Cables vote to declare non-league season null and void
Northern Premier League outfit Prescot Cables have voted to declare the non-league soccer season null and void as there is no signs of the pandemic abating.
Clubs were issued with an FA survey suggesting a number of permutations based on the rules attached to each and Cables felt the best option was to end the season now.
A statement issued by the board of directors said that they had made the decision at a time the infection rate and death toll across the country and locally was significant and much higher than in the first wave.
''We took into account the welfare and safety of the playing and management team, staff, volunteers and fans and with us experiencing a third national lockdown and new infection strains of Covid-19, we felt we had no other option.''
There has been talk of a possible scenario where the FA reopen the 2019/2020 results and combine them with this season to allow promotions to take place on a points per game basis. This would also allow the restructure of the non-league pyramid to take place.
''This is something we would support if it was tabled as an option by the FA.'' said a club spokesperson who added: ''At the moment we have received no news from the governing body of the sport what action they will be looking to take. As soon as we receive any information we will push this out immediately."
Now for a piece of good news! The club have received notification from Knowsley Council that the local authority has approved a £15,000 grant which will predominantly cover the losses felt in the autumn when they were asked to play behind closed doors.
A Prescot spokesperson said: ''We would like to thank the council for their continued support. Discussions regarding this have been going on since October and it is good to finally see the grant come to fruition.
"The club is also in the process of applying for the grant made available to non league clubs as part of the ‘Football Winter Survival Package’.The maximum amount for a step 4 club is £15,000 and we will be hoping to receive this in full."
Cables have a number of issues that need to be taken care of, including the replacement of outside toilets as well as renewing the flooring in the function room at an estimated cost in the region of £12,000 and will put the club in a great position to pass their next ground grading inspection.