The Northern Counties East League season has been suspended again as several clubs are now in Tier 4 areas.
The League also say that “the decision also takes into account the rapidly rising number of COVID-19 cases across the league’s footprint”.
AFC Mansfield, Dronfield Town, Retford FC, Skegness Town and Staveley Miners Welfare are the affected clubs by the Tier changes.
It is the second suspension of the campaign for NCEL clubs and the league say all games are postponed at least until 13th January 2021.
That date is optimistic to say the least as the Government expect Tier 4 rules to remain in place for a while and the four parts of Yorkshire – which are all in Tier 3 – are highly likely to end up in Tier 4 at some stage with cases on the rise all over the country.
The news will put many minds at ease as it is known that some club chairmen and managers were unhappy about the restart on the 19th December because of safety and financial concerns.