Peterborough League clubs to vote on outcome of their season
Peterborough League clubs are being asked to submit their votes on whether they agree with the decision to ‘null and void’ the current campaign.
The league has twice balloted its clubs over the outcome of the season which has been suspended since the start of the third national lockdown.
The first ballot – taken before the Government’s roadmap was announced last week – saw clubs vote 54.5-45.5 per cent in favour of playing cup competitions while null and voiding the league season.
A second survey conducted at the end of last month – following the announcement that the grassroots season will be extended until the end of June – then saw clubs vote 54.4-45.6 per cent in favour of finishing the league campaign by playing each other just once.
The league felt that the results provided ‘no decisive outcome’ and it was their recommendation that the league season be curtailed.
They outlined a number of reasons for this, including the time-scale for rescheduling of fixtures, teams expressing their concerns about returning to football so soon and the impact that could have on the divisions as well as a lack of availability of pitches especially with the start of the cricket season imminent.
There was also concern about higher level players signing for Peterborough League clubs which could have the potential to ruin the integrity of the competition.
They therefore recommended the running of cup competitions for those clubs who wish to play which would be optional to enter.
There would be restrictions on eligible players and, with players needing two weeks to regain match fitness, there would be no games played before April 10.
A format would be determined when the number of entrants is known with the competition played on Saturdays and the finals scheduled for the weekend of July 3 and 4.
Clubs now have until Friday (March 5) to vote if they agree with the league’s decision.
The possibility of an extraordinary meeting could also be called if five or more clubs request this which would then see the cancellation of e-mail ballots.
United Counties League clubs have been given until March 12 to decide whether they want to play a supplementary competition to round off the curtailed season.
No more league matches will be played in the 2020-21 campaign after the Football Association confirmed last week that the season would be curtailed for Steps 3 to 6 of the National League System after consultation with clubs.
However, with organised team sports set to return from March 29 on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s roadmap to bring the country out of its Covid-19 lockdown, there is still hope that some football can be played before the end of