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All local football off until at least January 16

Football is off for all local junior and senior teams following the latest Government COVID-19 restrictions announcements.

All leagues where our teams compete have had to postpone games until at least January 16 after much of the country was placed in the 'stay at home' Tier 4 category, where Fenland already found itself.

Although there have been no firm announcements, it now seems extremely unlikely that leagues will be completed in their current formats, with teams in Tier 4 not allowed to play or train and the area unlikely to leave the Tier in two weeks' time.

Action from Wisbech's last home game in October - no-one knows when they will play again.
Action from Wisbech's last home game in October - no-one knows when they will play again.

Fenland's most senior team, Wisbech Town, play in the Northern Premier League South East Division, which has cancelled all fixtures up to Saturday, January 16, when the Fenmen are due to entertain Loughborough Dynamo.

Wisbech have not played a game since a trip to Dynamo on October 24 and, even if football does reconvene on January 16, they would have 30 games to play in just four months.

The Eastern Counties League, where March Town and Wisbech St Mary play, made the following statement yesterday: "Following today's Government announcement on new Tier 4 areas, all Thurlow Nunn League football has been suspended until further notice."

March have 25 games still to play and Wisbech St Mary 22.

The Peterborough and District League and Cambridgeshire County League, where many Fenland teams ply their trade, has also called off all fixtures and both will review the situation after the Government's next Tier review, on January 13.

The Peterborough & District Junior Alliance and the Peterborough & District Youth League have also cancelled all upcoming games.

An FA statement reads: "Further to the government’s announcement on December 19 and subsequent statements on December 23 and 30 with regards to the introduction of Tier 4 areas and the latest information on COVID-19, we have issued the following update.

"Football for adult participants across ‘non-elite’ football in Tier 4 areas is not permitted, including all training and fixtures.

"The government’s Tier 4 guidance states organised outdoor sport for under-18s and disabled people will be allowed.

"The government’s guidelines on travel between tiers should be adhered to. Players cannot move in or out of Tier 4 or travel between Tier 4 areas, to train or play."

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