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Football season back on hold for town’s senior clubs

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THE remainder of the football season for Warrington Town and Warrington Rylands has been cast in to doubt following the latest tier announcement.

With Warrington now in tier four, neither club can train or play games for the forseeable future.

The Northern Premier League have promised to update clubs, including the Yellows, next week following the required meetings with the FA and other leagues, while Rylands’ North West Counties bosses have suspended league fixtures until further notice.

NWCFL chairman, Paul Lawler, said: “Following the announcement today by the UK Government placing the majority of areas in the North West into Tier 4 – the League’s emergency committee has no choice but to once again suspend the League season with effect from midnight.

“The FA issued the following guidance (see below) for T4 areas last week, which we didn’t circulate at the time as it wasn’t applicable to us, but for the avoidance of doubt, non-elite sport is not allowed at all, either the playing of matches or training and players cannot travel into or out of T4. At this moment in time we will not be setting any dates on when or if we will resume again but I will begin consulting with clubs in due course to ascertain their opinions on a way forward.

“It is a disappointing end to a very difficult year but the health and wellbeing over all concerned has to be the priority.”

Warrington Town have played just once, an FA Trophy defeat to Marske United, since their league season was suspended in early November.

Rylands played on successive Saturdays in December, their first games since the end of October, winning FA Vase ties against Jarrow and Longridge Town, to set up a fourth round date with Shildon, which is due to be played on January 9.

But the FA have said the competition is now under review amid the new restrictions.

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