NCEL suspended again despite Yorkshire's Tier 3 status

The Toolstation Northern Counties East League has been suspended again – this time until at least January 13.

Wednesday, 30th December 2020, 8:36 pm
Armthorpe Welfare and Rossington Main drew 1-1 on Boxing Day in the Doncaster derby. Photo: Steve Pennock

The league called another halt to proceedings following today’s government review of the Covid-19 tier restrictions and in spite of Yorkshire and The Humber’s Tier 3 status.

The NCEL was previously suspended on November 30 until January but then resumed on December 19 as a result of spectators being allowed back into matches in Tier 3 areas.

“The Toolstation NCEL have announced that, with immediate effect, all league matches until at least 13th January, 2021, will be suspended,” said the NCEL in a statement.

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"It follows the latest Government's COVID-19 tier review that has seen a number of our clubs placed in the highest Tier 4 restriction that forbids non-elite football.

"The decision also takes into account the rapidly rising number of COVID-19 cases across the league's footprint.

"The resumption of the league will be pending the outcome of the next tier review which is due on 13th January, 2021.”