No football for Bourne, Deeping, Holbeach and Spalding
Three of the area’s five senior football clubs have taken the decision not to play for the forseeable future because of COVID-19 restrictions.
With Lincolnshire in tier 3 – meaning no fans and no refreshments at games – Holbeach United and Deeping Rangers will not play again before the next tier review on December 16.
Fellow United Counties League outfit Bourne Town say they will not play forat least that period, while Nothern Premier League South East Division side Spalding United have yet to make a decision.
The Tulips, however, are in a division where 18 of the 20 clubs are in tier 3 and the clubs voted on a restart date last night.
But Pinchbeck United will play games where possible, including home games behind closed doors, starting with the visit of Northampton ON Chenecks on Saturday (see back page).
However, Holbeach have cancelled fixtures for the first team, reserves and A-team.
First team manager Phil Barnes said: “It’s probably the right decision for us as a club and we wanted to include everyone in the decision when we made it.
“We didn’t want it to be a one-team thing, we wanted to broaden it to include the Reserves and A-team as well as we felt it wouldn’t be fair if it was only the first team who missed out.
“We’re all desperate to play, but with Christmas on the horizon, we felt it was definitely the right thing to do.
“All our players have got young families and with the relaxation of rules during the Christmas period, we wanted to make sure that we could see them safely.
“It was a committee decision and we’ll review the tier system on December 16, then we’ll make another decision.
“It’s going to be hard for us as we, like so many others, have got to build up our fitness again and we don’t really want to be chucked into a game straight away.
“If it was up to me, I think we should start again after Christmas and then go from there.But it’s a difficult decision for all to make and I don’t envy the person who has to make it.”
Meanwhile, the Peterborough League Division Two game between Long Sutton Athletic Reserves and Stamford Belvedere Reserves and the Division Four match between Deeping United and Parkside Reserves were the only games not cancelled as we went to press on Wednesday.