FA Cup withdrawal

Following discussions between the club, our CMO and the league’s LMO, and upon their advice, the board have taken the difficult decision to withdraw from this season’s Emirates FA Cup competition.  This decision is due to Covid infections within the camp and the requirement to isolate our first team squad and management personnel.  This is not a decision that the board have taken lightly and we can assure everyone that we have investigated every option available to us (youth players, loan players etc.) but sadly a satisfactory solution could not be found.  Our planned trip to Brackley Town tomorrow evening is therefore off and our cup exploits for the 2020-2021 competition have come to a premature and frustrating end.  The club wish all those infected a speedy recovery and look forward to being in a position to fulfil future commitments.

This news follows the postponement of Saturday’s fixture against  Southport and means that it will also prevent us from visiting AFC Fylde on Saturday 17th October.  The board are hopeful that the situation will be resolved in time for our subsequent fixture against Guiseley on Saturday 24th October – however a further statement on this fixture will be made nearer the time.

This is the hardest decision this board has had to make but as well as protecting our players along with those at Brackley Town we also have an obligation to protect the integrity of the game and taking everything into account this is sadly the only option available.

All fixture re-arrangements will be announced as soon as possible.