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Peterborough League clubs will have their say on season's outcome

Clubs in the Peterborough League will get the chance to have their say on how they want their season to end.

League organisers have invited their clubs to vote on the preferred way to complete the campaign which has been suspended since the middle of December due to the coronavirus pandemic.

They will be offered two options, the first of which will see teams play each other once and then use points per game to conclude the season.

Parson Drove in Peterborough League action back in September.
Parson Drove in Peterborough League action back in September.

This would involve results from matches where teams have already played each other twice being expunged and replaced by a one-off game.

The result will stand if teams have so far just played each other once.

Promotions and relegations would be allowed under this proposal, although promotion from the Premier Division to step six football is not guaranteed.

The second option would see the season declared null and void and there would be no promotion or relegation between divisions.

Clubs would then be invited to take part in Peterborough Senior, Challenge, Junior and Minor Cups, initially in groups to ensure three or four matches are played before the knock-out stage.

Both proposals are dependent on grassroots football resuming on March 1 and the Peterborough League have taken into account the need for fitness work for players before matches so they would not start until March 20.

Pitch availability (the start of the cricket season and council-owned facilities are an issue) and poor weather have been factored into the plans. Any game postponed on a Saturday would be re-staged the following midweek.

The Peterborough League believes that seven or eight weeks would be needed to complete the season for either proposal.

Meanwhile, the Cambridgeshire County League, where many local teams play, released the following statement on Friday: “The league is committed to providing more football for the 2020-21 season when it is safe to do so.

“Thank you to those clubs who have completed the end of the season survey. We will now look t these results and look at every avenue to ensure, if possible, more football can be played this season.”

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