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Looking like an FA Trophy resumption for Reds PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Monday, 23 November 2020

reds centenary badge.pngWith grassroots football given the green light to return after lockdown Workington Reds are waiting for a resumption of fixtures.

Although December 5 will be the first Saturday after the end of lockdown, indications are that the NPL will resume on the following Tuesday, Dec 8.

The Northern League announced early in lockdown that they would resume on December 5, but the NPL appear more cautious.

It seems clubs will be allowed to benefit from training sessions on Thursday and Saturday before getting back to match action.

There have been indications that games lost during the lockdown will be moved towards the end of the season and if, as expected, clubs resume on Dec 8 they will be mainly playing FA Trophy games.

For the Reds that would mean a trip to Nantwich in the first round proper, following their win at Glossop before lockdown started.

As things stand Reds do not have a home game scheduled for the month of December.

Progress in the Trophy and a subsequent home draw in the second round seems to provide the only chance of a seasonal fixture at Borough Park.

When the League does resume Reds will occupy second spot in the table, a point behind last season’s main challengers Ramsbottom.

But it seems fairly clear already that there is going to be a much closer battle involving more teams with Colne, Marske, Dunstan and Clitheroe expected to be determined challengers.

As well as news on the resumption of fixtures, this week is also expected to reveal how the Government’s hand-out to the lower Leagues is going to be shared-out.

The Government have committed £14 million to help the clubs in Steps 3 to 6 get through the coming months.

 

The Sport Winter Survival package is part of a £300 million funding deal for sports clubs across the country.

Overall the Government have laid aside £28 million for football – with £11 million going to National League and £3 million to the Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship.

The news should hopefully ease the pressure on clubs who will face a tough few months even if the lockdown measures are lifted and football returns in December. Most in the Yorkshire region would be under the highest tier restrictions which mean bars – a key source of income – have to be closed.

Meanwhile on the playing front the one good thing about the suspension of fixtures has meant Reds list of lengthening injuries will have had time to shrink.

Scott Allison was the highest profile absentee with a dislocated shoulder while strike partner Reuben Jerome also missed the Glossop game with a leg injury.

Brad Carroll has been carrying an injury and Brad Hubbold actually  played against North End despite not being 100% fit.

Meanwhile it has been confirmed today that Darlington have parted company with Levi Amantchi.

The former Chesterfield forward signed for Alun Armstrong’s side on non-contract terms last month.

 

It came shortly after he had joined Workington, playing 35 minutes as a sub at Colne and then later in the week he informed Danny Grainger he was joining the Quakers.

 

Amantchi made four appearances for them, all of which were as a substitute – coming on twice in the League and twice in the FA Cup.

 

The 19-year-old left Chesterfield earlier this year, having spent time away from the club during the 2019/20 season in loans with Blyth Spartans and Staveley MWFC.

 

Amantchi debuted for Chesterfield at 17 years of age against Boreham Wood in September 2018, during Martin Allen’s tenure as Spireites boss. He signed his first professional contract a month later.




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