Bourne and Spalding hoping to join Pinchbeck in playing again
COVID-19 restrictions allowing, more of our sides are hoping to return to action soon.
Pinchbeck United, who have already played twice since the second lockdown, host Northampton ON Chenecks in the United Counties League Premier Division on Saturday, while Bourne Town host Aylestone Park in Division One.
Spalding United have a trip to fourth placed Kidsgrove Athletic in the Northern Premier League South East Division planned for Saturday, January 9.
However, Deeping Rangers and Holbeach United are still saying they will not play until Lincolnshire leaves Tier 3 – and everything could change for all teams with new restrictions expected to be announced later today (Wednesday).
Spalding have not played since a 3-3 draw with high-flying Belper Town on October 31, before Lockdown 2, in manager Gabriel Zakuani’s first game at the helm.
Holbeach have always said they wouldn’t play while in Tier 3, andwith more areas now in the fourth tier, it is becoming even more difficult to play as some of their players live in those areas.
Manager Phil Barnes said: “It’s a difficult decision for us all, because we all want to play, but we felt as a club it wasn’t worth it.
“We’ll have to await latest government guidance , and until we’re out of Tier 3 we don’t feel as if we want to play.”
Deeping have also takenthe same stance over Tier 3.
With most of their players living in Tier 4 categories, they cannot realistically play.
Bourne have decided to return to action after taking part in some Zoom fitness sessions and also some training sessions.
It’s going to be a tough game for Simon Daws’ men as they welcome seventh placed Aylestone Park to the Abbey Lawn.Bourne find themselves 16th in the division after a three point deduction for fielding an ineligible player.