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No games for Spalding until financially viable

Spalding United’s games against Sheffield tonight (Tuesday) and Frickley Athletic on Saturday have been called off after the Northern Premier League voted to suspend all matches up to and including December 19.

Tulips chief executive officer Leigh Porter revealed that they were one of the 57 out of 62 clubs that voted to continue the pause to the season as it wasn’t “financially viable for to continue with no fans coming through the gate.”

Overall a total of 76% of clubs in the Northern, Southern and Isthmian Leagues voted to keep the coronavirus hiatus going.

Spalding United chief executive officer Leigh Porter.
Spalding United chief executive officer Leigh Porter.

Porter said: “We all want to play football, but it’s not really financially viable for us, especially as we don’t really know when we can get fans back in.

“The person who has suffered the most for us is (manager) Gabby (Zakuani), and he’s messaging me on a daily basis to see when we can get back playing again.

“He’s made his signings, and got a team that he feels comfortable with, but now he can’t play any games, and it’s killing him really.

“It’s massively frustrating for us as well, because we took over this football club and we’ve made investments but we haven’t been able to see much football.

“I have to say that the fans have been brilliant for us even when we haven’t been playing, as they’ve helped us out off the pitch.

“We’ve sold a lot of promotional space around the pitch, we’ve got some player sponsorship that we’ve done and we’ve also sold 30-35 replica match shirts as well, and I just have to say thank you to the fans for helping us out.

“We’ve still got costs that are going out of the club, and without their help it would be very problematic for us.

“But, hopefully we can get back playing soon.”

In the United Counties League, Holbeach United, Deeping Rangers and Bourne Town have vouched to not play until Lincolnshire is taken out of tier three.

Despite Pinchbeck Unitedchoosing to continue playing, their game against Northampton ON Chenecks on Saturday fell foul to the weather and was postponed.

Their next game is set to take place on Saturday when they travel to Rothwell Corinthians.

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