Fixtures continue although north-east restrictions tighten PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Friday, 18 September 2020

northern leaguelogo.pngThe Northern League is to continue with fixtures following the decision to impose further restrictions in seven local authority areas in the region.

The Government imposed tighter controls following consultation with Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and County Durhamlocal authorities.

Consequently the Ebac Northern League released the following statement:

“Following the Government decision we can confirm that our league fixtures will continue to be held.

“However, following guidance from the FA there will be a limit of 15% of minimum capacity for clubs at Steps 3-6 in the council areas affected. (That is 150 spectators for our first and second divisions.)

“If spectators decide to attend a game, then we would urge them to follow Government guidelines on social distancing and hygiene.

“We would also urge everyone involved in the league to follow the safety measures at our clubs to ensure that we can continue to hold fixtures.”

The Government guidance for the region, including advice for spectators  at sporting events, is here:

It includes this: “We advise that you should not attend amateur or professional sporting events as a spectator in the areas affected. If you do attend, you must remain socially distanced and groups of no more than 6.”

In actual fact Cumbria’s two representatives in the Northern League are involved in the first qualifying round of the FA Vase tomorrow.

Penrith know they face a tough test as they visit West Allotment Celtic who won 3-1 last week at Frenchfields in the preliminary round of the FA Cup.

Another 3-1 home defeat on Wednesday to Sunderland Ryhope CW has dented early confidence, especially as they picked up two serious-looking injuries to Rik Faustino and Kingsley Grandison in mid-week.

Those on top of the three bad injuries they suffered in the opening game against Pickering have made it a tough start, in spite of two victories.

Carlisle City start their FA Vase campaign at home to Nelson from the North West Counties League.

During City’s time in that competition the sides  met four times with ten points going the way of the Cumbrians from three wins and a draw.

Nelson’s League season doesn’t start until October 3 so their preparation’s for the tie all come from pre-season friendlies, the last of which was a draw against Accrington Stanley Under-23’s.

City will be checking on the fitness of Michael Slack who has been ill, and defender Kieron Olsen should return to the squad  after being unavailable against Washington.


Meanwhile  City have confirmed that Archie Gardiner has joined Tow Law Town, and made his debut for them in their 1-0 win at Birtley on Wednesday.


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