Nantwich Town - Fairfax Suite in Baker Wynne & Wilson Stand at Weaver Stadium

Nantwich Town’s promotion bid has been put on hold after the Northern Premier League today suspended all fixtures amid the Coronavirus outbreak.

The NPL said it made the decision after reports of a number of players and officials having to self-isolate with symptoms.

Nantwich, in sxith place, were due to host fourth-placed Basford United at Weaver Stadium tomorrow night (March 17) in a crunch game.

In a statement, the NPL said: “The league would like to congratulate the players, officials, volunteers and fans of clubs able to stage games at the weekend and notes the excellent attendances at those fixtures.

“Whilst the primary responsibility of the League is to the financial sustainability of its member clubs, the number of clubs reporting players or officials in self-isolation has now reached a point at which continuing to play games would severely undermine the integrity of the competition.

“In consultation with the partners Eliteform, all NPL Football Academy fixtures have also been suspended until further notice.

“The NPL is well aware clubs and fans need clarity around whether the 2019/20 season is to be suspended temporarily or permanently, and the full implications of either eventuality.

“The NPL will be working with the other Alliance Leagues and the Football Association, to assess the various options and to agree a way forward.

“As soon as we are able to, we will share that information with member clubs and their supporters.”

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