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League season over but football set to carry on for Rylands

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by Garry Clarke
ALTHOUGH the 2020/21 “non-elite” football season has come to an end Warrington Rylands 1906 may be playing on in the FA Vase.

Following on from the Football Association’s announcement earlier in the week that all leagues at steps 3-6 will have their seasons curtailed they have indicated their intention to continue with the Buildbase FA Vase.
On Wednesday the FA contacted the 32 clubs remaining in the competition confirming their intention that The Buildbase FA Vase shall continue, on the basis that the road map is implemented as set out by the Government earlier this week.
They advised “We are currently liaising with the relevant parties with regards to a revised schedule for the Competition and will communicate this along with other details (such as emergency Rule amendments or modifications) as soon as these have been finalised. Please note that due to time limitations, the Competition will resume at the earliest opportunity (meaning that all Clubs should be prepared to resume playing FA Vase fixtures in early April) to ensure that all remaining fixtures can be played and the Competition can be completed in its usual format.”
Rylands who lasted played on Saturday 19th December 2020 when they beat Longridge Town in the 3rd round of the FA Vase had been drawn away to Northern League Shildon in the 4th round.
On hearing the news manager Dave McNabb tweeted “So that’s another league season done. One massive positive, it’s time to start getting ready for the Vase which has been confirmed is carrying on.”
Incidentally, The 2019/20 FA Vase final between Consett and Hebburn Town is also still to be played.

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