SCFL update on re-organisation of fixtures after lockdown
The Southern Combination Football League has issued an update on fixtures with the imminent return after lockdown.
Chairman Steve Nealgrove sent out this update to all clubs in the SCFL.
The update said: "As you will appreciate the attached are all subject to the Government releasing us from ‘lockdown’ on the 2nd December, as they have previously advised.
"We are conscious that several managers are concerned about re-starting without any Training time - consequently we will not have fixtures for Premier on Division One on Saturday 5th December, however there will be full programme for both Divisions on Tuesday 8th. This will enable clubs to have two Training sessions (Thursday 3rd & Saturday 5th) ahead of formal re-start.
"I am also fully aware that those five Saturdays ‘lost’ - 7 November through to 5th December, all contained numerous long journey games - consequently this has necessitated a re-jig of the schedule by taking out 9th Jan; 27th Feb; & 20th March which are all the reverse of Midweek blocks from earlier in season,
"These are brought forward to 8th Dec; 24th Feb; & 9th March respectively.
"Also note that end of season has been put back one week to 15th May.
Fixtures changed from original seasons list:-
7th Nov now on Saturday 15th May (new final day)
14th Nov now on Saturday 27th February
21st Nov now on Saturday 20th March
28th Nov now on Saturday 6th February (original ‘spare’ date)
5th Dec now on Saturday 9th January
27th Feb now on Tuesday 24th Feb
20th Mar now on Tuesday 9th Mar
The attached document lists those fixtures that are changed.
As you will appreciate ALL games postponed will now on will have to be played midweek as no more Saturdays are available ! -
furthermore we still await news of the FA Vase - since the planned 2nd Round ties all scheduled for 28th November - are all yet to be rescheduled - clearly this will lead to more games being added to the ‘to be played midweek’ list !!!!
Less of an issue with this Division as there were several spare dated built into original fixtures; although this Division also is extended initially by one week.
7th Nov now on Saturday 9th January
14th Nov now on Saturday 1st May (new final day for Div 1)
21st Nov now on Saturday 6th February
28th Nov now on Saturday 12th December
5th Dec now on Tuesday 8th December (& Wed 9th !)
Due to clubs not having floodlights, we do not have luxury of midweek dates available till clocks change in April ! - consequently we are having to ask clubs to
Attempt to play on 5th December - although aware that those on local authority pitches, may not have pitches available.
Any changes to kick-off times for Saturday 26th and/or Monday 28th MUST be agreed between club ASAP, and notified to me by end on November