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All local football off until at least January 16




Football is off for all local junior and senior teams following the latest Government COVID-19 restrictions announcements.

All leagues where our teams compete have had to postpone games until at least January 16 after much of the country – including Lincolnshire – was placed in the 'stay at home' Tier 4 category.

Although there have been no firm announcements, it now seems extremely unlikely that leagues will be completed in their current formats, with teams in Tier 4 not allowed to play or train.

It could be some time until football returns to the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.
It could be some time until football returns to the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.

South Lincolnshire's most senior team, Spalding United, had hoped to return to Northern Premier League South East Division action next Saturday, but the league has cancelled all fixtures up to Saturday, January 16, when the Tulips are due to play Worksop Town.

The United Counties League has also called off all games until that date. In the Premier Division, Pinchbeck United had played two games since Lockdown 2, with Deeping Rangers and Holbeach United making the decision not to play again while the area was in Tier 3.

If football was to reconvene on the 16th, Pinchbeck would be due to play at Deeping, but given Rangers' current stance, that game would be off and the Knight's next fixture would be at home to Sleaford Town on January 23.

In Division One, Bourne Town had also hoped to return to action this weekend. They are due to travel to Lutterworth Athletic on January 16.

The Peterborough and District League, where many south Lincolnshire teams ply their trade, has also called off all fixtures and will review the situation after the Government's next Tier review, on January 13.

The Peterborough & District Junior Alliance and the Peterborough & District Youth League have also cancelled all upcoming games.

An FA statement reads: "Further to the government’s announcement on December 19 and subsequent statements on December 23 and 30 with regards to the introduction of Tier 4 areas and the latest information on COVID-19, we have issued the following update.

"Football for adult participants across ‘non-elite’ football in Tier 4 areas is not permitted, including all training and fixtures.

"The government’s Tier 4 guidance states organised outdoor sport for under-18s and disabled people will be allowed.

"The government’s guidelines on travel between tiers should be adhered to. Players cannot move in or out of Tier 4 or travel between Tier 4 areas, to train or play."



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