Bamber Bridge v Lancaster City Boxing Day clash called off

Bamber Bridge's Boxing Day derby clash against Lancaster City has been postponed.

Tuesday, 22nd December 2020, 7:06 am
Updated Tuesday, 22nd December 2020, 7:10 am
Bamber Bridge won't be playing Lancaster City

The two teams were due to face each other on Saturday at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium.

However, Brig have taken the decision that it is not financially viable to fulfil the fixture due to the restrictions which are currently in place.

Brig's game against Warrington Town on New Year's Day has also been called off.

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In an official statement club chairman Brian Ginty said: "On Saturday, December 19 the Northern Premier League Management Committee issued a statement which effectively continued the suspension of the league by making the playing fixtures for Boxing Day and New Year's Day optional and by mutual consent between participating teams.

"This statement was issued following considerable pressure from clubs regarding the viability of resuming football and clubs playing at a loss with a maximum crowd of 300 and no other secondary match day income for teams in Tier 3.

"This new position has been given due consideration by the Bamber Bridge Football Club Executive Committee with the decision that the club should decline to play on Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

"Whilst we all want to see the resumption to competitive football it cannot be at the expense of the long term viability of the club

"The decision was not taken lightly and considered the financial viability of playing under current restrictions and the duty of care to our volunteer match day helpers.

"If and when the the league resumes or the League Management Committee communicates the outcome of any future review the decision will be reconsidered by the club."