Clay Cross Town ‘excited’ to be returning to action

Clay Cross Town secretary David Clark says the club can’t wait to return to competitive action next month.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 1:30 pm
Updated Friday, 19th March 2021, 8:34 am
Clay Cross Town will compete in the Chairman's Cup from April 10.

Town will take part in the CMFL’s Chairman’s Cup after the league confirmed they would return to action on April 10.

But the league’s Premier North and South Divisions will face off in a Champions League style competition after a decision was taken not to resume the league season.

“We are all very excited,” he said. “We are going to give it a go and are looking forward to seeing the fixtures.

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“It will be a good competition and something is better than nothing, it gets the players out there.”

The full format is yet to be decided depending on how many clubs wish to take part.

It is a competition which Clark expects to be keenly contested.

“It will be quite an intense competition with Saturday and midweek fixtures,” he added. “It will be localised games as well which will be good.

“It creates an added interest to the fixtures. We are quite excited about it as a club.

“I know the players have been sleeping as fit as they can during the break, but match fitness will be the next issue.”

The league’s Division One North and South seasons will continue to a conclusion, with promotion on offer for both champions.

League bosses are currently waiting for further government guidance on if fans will be allowed to attend matches.

“We have heard many concerns from clubs that they do not wish to play matches without any sources of income and that is totally understandable,” the statement added.

“It is clear that spectators are not allowed at Step 6 and above until mid-late May, but it is entirely possible that spectators MAY be allowed at Step 7 and below.

“We are awaiting the FA guidelines and this will follow after the DCMS make their own decisions.

“Let’s be optimistic and look at the best chance of meaningful, competitive football from mid-April to the end of the season.

“Doing that means we plan for a best-case scenario, and if at a later point decisions are made that put restrictions in place to scupper spectator attendance then we’ll have to abandon the idea – but at least we’ll have tried.”