St Helens football scene await key lockdown easing announcement
Northern Premier League club Prescot Cables and their NWCL neighbours, St Helens Town and Pilkington FC, are all waiting with bated breath to see if Monday's key speech by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the lockdown offers any hope of the soccer season resuming,
Non-elite football in England has been suspended since January 4, having already been paused in November and the 2019-20 campaign voided due to the coronavirus.
As in many walks of life, the ever-changing dynamic has caused uncertainty and pushed many community clubs towards financial breaking point.
An FA questionnaire was sent to all clubs several weeks ago asking for their views on how to proceed - with options including trying to finish the season in full, deciding promotion and relegation by points per game and starting alternative, smaller-scale, competitions.
A large percentage of clubs have responded to the FA request and I'm reliably informed that quite a number have called for an immediate end to the season.
The FA said: "We are working closely and in consultation with the relevant leagues, clubs and committees to explore various scenarios for this current season in response to the complexities of the situation presented by the pandemic.''
The Prime Minister is expected to set out a roadmap to the nation on how the Tory Government intends to begin to reduce Covid-19 and help people return to normal life and also resume their sporting activities, such as soccer, amateur rugby of both codes and cricket.
Hopefully, under pressure Boris will deliver all the answers, or will he?