New national lockdown could throw non-league season into doubt

Bamber Bridge are awaiting news on whether the latest national lockdown will cause a temporary halt to the Northern Premier League season.

Tuesday, 3rd November 2020, 8:00 am
Boss Jamie Milligan, left, will prepare his team to face Morpeth this evening

Brig are due to travel to Morpeth Town this evening for a league fixture, and that game is expected to go ahead.

The new restrictions come into force on Thursday, which could put their scheduled trip to Buxton in jeopardy.

It is expected that all ‘elite’ leagues such as the Premier League down to the National League North, which have been allowed to play in recent months behind closed doors, will be allowed to carry on.

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But from step three downwards, the picture needs clarifying. Clubs at Brig’s level and below have been allowed to permit fans into grounds for matches.

However, the national lockdown is likely to see supporters banned from attending matches, which will affect clubs in non-league and their ability to continue as a going concern.

Brig are not the only team to be in action this evening. Lancaster City travel to Hyde United in the NPL Premier Division.

In the NWC Premier Division Burscough are away to Barnoldswick Garstang travel to Atherton LR in the First Division North.