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No hockey for Long Sutton and Spalding

There will be no hockey action involving Long Sutton or Spalding this weekend, with their place in coronavirus tier 3 meaning that the likelihood of any games taking place before Christmas look slim too.

Long Sutton, which has three men’s teams and two ladies teams, has made the decision to postpone all games until the new year.

But Spalding, with five men’s and three ladies teams, are awaiting clarification from England Hockey before making any decisions.

Long Sutton ladies in action before the latest lockdown.
Long Sutton ladies in action before the latest lockdown.

After a month of lockdown, a statement from the sport’s governing body read: “In all tiers, clubs can resume training from Wednesday, December 2.

“In tier one and two, matches can resume from December 2.

“We intend to hold briefing meetings for clubs in tier three areas or clubs bordering tier 3.”

Long Sutton made their decision as all their teams have players living in a tier two area, but government guidance advises against travel into a tier three area, which the town is in.

Club spokesperson Lorraine Wallis said: “It was a committee decision after a meeting we had over the weekend.

“It was a difficult decision to make and it certainly wasn’t easy as we all want to play.

“The main issue is that we have players who live in tier two and we can’t travel to Long Sutton as it is in a tier three area.

“So if we were going to play, we wouldn’t be able to fill all the teams with players and it just wouldn’t be worth it.

“I’m the type of player that wants to play every game, but this is not the world we live in nowadays, so this is what we thought was the correct decision.

“With Christmas just around the corner, and the chance to see family for the first time in a long while during the period when the rules are relaxed, we don’t want to risk the chance of our players not being able to see family.

“We can’t make a decision that will please everyone, but the only thing we can hope for is that things get better after Christmas and then we can get back playing again.”

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