Northern Premier League matches can resume on Saturday, full Boxing Day schedule to go ahead

League announce games can go ahead if clubs are in agreement...

Tuesday, 15th December 2020, 9:51 am
Northern Premier League action can resume on Saturday. Photo: Getty Images
Northern Premier League action can resume on Saturday. Photo: Getty Images

Clubs in the Northern Premier League can return to action from Saturday - if both teams are in agreement.

It has also been announced that the campaign will resume for all clubs on Boxing Day.

The Trident Leagues - Northern premier League, Southern League and Isthmian League - had agreed to postpone action following lockdown due to a number of clubs being under tier three restrictions.

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This meant they would be operating without fans in attendance, meaning running at a financial loss on matchdays.

However, the rules changed on December 10, with tier three clubs given the green light to let in up to 15 per cent of capacity.

A statement issued by the NPL read: "Following the announcement made on December 10 that confirmed the return of spectators to grounds in tier three areas, we subsequently received a high number of requests from NPL teams asking to play league fixtures from Saturday, December 19.

"In line with the statement issued yesterday morning it was the intention of the Trident Leagues to await notice of the implications of the latest Government review expected on Wednesday.

"However, in view of the number of requests the Northern Premier League board has taken the decision to permit clubs who are in agreement to play their league fixtures on Saturday, December 19 with a 3pm kick off.

"Should there be any adverse changes affecting our Steps 3-4 as a result of any announcements made on Wednesday, we will advise you accordingly.

"Otherwise we will look to resume the published league fixture schedule from Saturday, December 26 for all clubs.

"This decision is that of the board of the Northern Premier League."