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Wessex League postpones all fixtures until mid-January due to teams' tier restrictions

Clubs across the area have experienced increased attendances in recent months (photo: Les Chase)
Clubs across the area have experienced increased attendances in recent months (photo: Les Chase)

THE Sydenhams Wessex League bosses have announced all fixtures until mid-January have been postponed in response to the government’s latest Covid-related restrictions.

With some clubs in the Wessex League divisions now placed in Tier 4, and therefore unable to train or contest matches, 33 member clubs voted to pause the schedule with just six wishing to continue.

The decision will affect a host of local clubs such as Lymington, Blackfield & Langley, Christchurch, Bashley, New Milton, Brockenhurst and Ringwood Town.

A statement from the Sydenhams Wessex League read: “With three clubs, a number of club officials, players and match officials based in Tier 4, there are concerns with the health and welfare of everyone involved in our league.

“Additionally, travel in and out of different tiers could be problematic.

“All clubs were asked if they were in favour of postponing, or continuing with fixtures during these difficult times. The majority of clubs answered that they were in favour of postponing.

“The subject was discussed during last night’s board meeting. The board made the difficult decision to postpone league and league cup fixtures.

“This decision will be reviewed on January 18, 2021, however, that may change subject to further announcements from the government, DCMS and the FA.

“The break from playing fixtures provides clubs with the opportunity to review and update their risk assessments if appropriate, revisit the Covid-19 regulations and remind management teams and squads of their responsibilities, individually and collectively.”

Along with the Sydenhams Wessex League, Spartan South Midlands League and Southern Counties Combination League have also postponed fixtures.

Inside Tier 4 areas, indoor gyms and sports facilities will close. However, outdoor sports courts, outdoor gyms, golf courses, outdoor swimming pools, archery, driving and shooting ranges and riding centres will remain open for use individually, or with others from your household or support bubble, or with one person from another household.

Organised outdoor sport for under-18s can continue.

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