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Stamford AFC, Deeping Rangers, Blackstones and Bourne Town await news from the Football Association




The waiting game to find out what is happening with the future of their seasons continues for Stamford and the area's trio of United Counties League sides.

The Daniels - along with Deeping Rangers, Blackstones and Bourne - were asked to cast their opinions about what happens next to their current campaigns that are suspended due to the third national lockdown.

Clubs were asked to state their preferred option on how the season should finish, but the latest announcement from the Football Association says that the sport's ruling body are awaiting further updates from the Government before revealing any outcome.

Blackstones defeated Burton Park Wanderers in their last match in December. (44430643)
Blackstones defeated Burton Park Wanderers in their last match in December. (44430643)

A statement said: "The National League system team wish to provide the following update to clubs in relation to the potential continuation or curtailment of the 2020/21 season at steps three to six of the National League system.

"The Alliance Committee (steps three and four) and leagues committee (steps five and six) met on February 8 and 9 respectively to discuss the data that was collated following the recent surveys circulated to clubs at this level of the game.

"During discussions, the committees acknowledged the likelihood that the Prime Minster will set out a roadmap to the nation on February 22 as to how Government intend to begin to reduce the current coronavirus restrictions.

"Given that any such update from the Government may provide the committees with additional, relevant information to help determine the preferred route forward, they have agreed to reconvene after this date.

"In addition, the Alliance Committee are also conscious of the ongoing process the National League (steps one and two) are undertaking and the potential impact this could have on any actions the committee may choose to take."

Stamford - who have been boosted by manager Graham Drury signing a new two-year deal that will keep him at the club until the end of next 2022/23 season - haven't played a Northern Premier League match since the end of October.

The Daniels have so far managed to play just seven games of their 38-match campaign in the South East Division.

Deeping have played nine matches in the United Counties League Premier Division this season - the last of which was on October 17 - while Blackstones have been in action 12 times this term.

Bourne also last played on October 17 and have so far completed nine matches of their Division One season.

Cottesmore have played seven matches of their Leicestershire Senior League season. (44430645)
Cottesmore have played seven matches of their Leicestershire Senior League season. (44430645)

The fate of Cottesmore's Leicestershire Senior League campaign could also become clearer next week.

The league's management will be meeting on both Monday and Tuesday night to discuss the potential outcomes of the campaign.

Cottesmore haven't played a Premier Division match since the end of October due to the coronavirus pandemic and currently still have 21 games outstanding of their league season.

The Football Association's latest update to clubs in the National League system indicated that decisions would follow after the Prime Minster reveals his roadmap to reduce the current coronavirus restrictions on Monday.

Although the Senior League is no longer part of that system, officials feel that any outcome higher up the non-league pyramid will have an impact on them.

League secretary Chris Banks said: "It is fair to say that whatever actions the National League system takes may have a direct bearing on our competition, particularly the Premier Division.

"As a consequence, we have moved our management meeting to February 23 to take account of any Government announcements on February 22.

"We also have a meeting with the County League and County FA on February 22 so we can evaluate any potential impact on Saturday Open Age football in a wider sense.

"After that point we hope to be able to pass on more news - hopefully of a positive nature.

"In the meantime, we would like to thank everyone for their patience up to this point.

"The management committee are as keen as anyone to see football resume in whatever format as soon as possible, but only when it is safe and responsible to do so and with the integrity of our competitions intact."



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