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Waiting game goes on for Spalding, Deeping, Holbeach, Pinchbeck and Bourne

The waiting game to find out what is happening with the future of their seasons continues for Spalding United and south Lincolnshire’s quartet of United Counties League sides.

The Tulips – along with Deeping Rangers, Holbeach, Pinchbeck and Bourne – were asked to cast their opinions about what happens next to their current campaigns that are suspended due to the third national lockdown.

Clubs were asked to state their preferred option on how the season should finish, but the latest announcement from the Football Association says that the sport’s ruling body is awaiting further updates from the Government before revealing any outcome.

Holbeach United’s last Premier Division game was a one-goal home defeat against Harborough on October 31.
Holbeach United’s last Premier Division game was a one-goal home defeat against Harborough on October 31.

A statement said: “The National League system team wish to provide the following update to clubs in relation to the potential continuation or curtailment of the 2020/21 season at steps three to six of the National League system.

“The Alliance Committee (steps three and four) and leagues committee (steps five and six) met on February 8 and 9 respectively to discuss the data that was collated following the recent surveys circulated to clubs at this level of the game.

“During discussions, the committees acknowledged the likelihood that the Prime Minster will set out a roadmap to the nation on February 22 as to how Government intend to begin to reduce the current coronavirus restrictions.

“Given that any such update from the Government may provide the committees with additional, relevant information to help determine the preferred route forward, they have agreed to reconvene after this date.

“In addition, the Alliance Commitee are also conscious of the ongoing process the National League (steps one and two) are undertaking and the potential impact this could have on any actions the committee may choose to take.”

Spalding – who have been boosted by manager Gabriel Zakuani signing a new deal that will keep him at the club until the end of next season – haven’t played a Northern Premier League match since the end of October.

The Tulips have so far managed to play just eight of their 38-match campaign in the South East Division.

Deeping have played nine matches in the United Counties League Premier Division this season – the last of which was on October 17 – while Holbeach and Pinchbeck have been in action 10 and 12 times respectively.

Bourne also last played on October 17 and have so far completed nine matches of their Division One

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