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Stamford AFC's BetVictor Northern Premier League season is suspended due to coronavirus outbreak

Stamford's season has been suspended until further notice after an announcement by the BetVictor Northern Premier League today (Monday).

The league has reluctantly decided to suspend all fixtures until further notice in light of the escalating coronavirus outbreak.

A league statement said: "The league would like to congratulate the players, officials, volunteers and fans of clubs able to stage games at the weekend and notes the excellent attendances at those fixtures.

Stamford were 5-1 winners over Spalding United on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (31727440)
Stamford were 5-1 winners over Spalding United on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (31727440)

"Whilst the primary responsibility of the league is to the financial sustainability of its member clubs, the number of clubs reporting players or officials in self-isolation has now reached a point at which continuing to play games would severely undermine the integrity of the competition.

"The NPL is well aware that clubs and fans need clarity around whether the 2019/20 season is to be suspended temporarily or permanently and the full implications of either eventuality.

"The NPL will be working with the other Alliance Leagues and the Football Association to assess the various options and to agree a way forward.

"As soon as we are able to, we will share that information with member clubs and their supporters."

Stamford's derby duel with Spalding United on Saturday had attracted a crowd of 513 with the Daniels running out 5-1 winners.

It was a seventh successive league win for Graham Drury's second-placed side who are currently two points behind league leaders Leek Town.

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