Armthorpe Welfare and Rossington Main get update from NCEL bosses on curtailed 2020/21 season

The 2020/21 season is over for Armthorpe Welfare and Rossington Main.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 6:00 am
Armthorpe v Rossington. Photo: Steve Pennock

Last week it was announced that the FA Alliance & Leagues committees have recommended that the season for Steps 3-6 should be curtailed.

The Northern Counties East League has also since ruled out organising a cup competition to bridge the gap to next season.

Clubs will be permitted to play friendlies after March 29, in line with the easing of lockdown restrictions.

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Rossington were enjoying on their best seasons in recent times, lying seventh in Division One. Armthorpe were in 14th.

"The management committee of the NCEL have met to discuss the possibility of holding a Cup competition for our clubs once adult football can resume on March 29th, 2021,” said the league in a statement.

"The committee have voted NOT to stage a competition for our member clubs, believing it is not feasible at the moment due to no spectators being allowed in until at least May 17th, 2021, with no income from clubhouses and snack bars, etc.

"We are aware that several clubs have been contacted by other teams in their local areas with regard to playing "localised" tournaments, should the above situation ease.

"Clubs are reminded that they would require permission from the NCEL to enter any such outside tournament, by requesting this in writing from the League Secretary.

"Clubs will be free to play friendlies after March 29th, 2021, currently they must be behind closed doors, should they wish to do so and can also resume training on this date.”