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National League resumes in all 3 Divisions

The National League North and South Seasons will resume on Saturday despite some clubs stating their refusal to play.

The two leagues at Step Two of the non-league pyramid were paused for two weeks amid a funding row that is still yet to be resolved.

The National League Board sent out a set of resolutions to clubs in both leagues, plus the National League at Step One itself, on Monday.

Clubs have 28 days to respond under league regulations and the threshold for declaring an outcome is still to be met.

Although some clubs say they cannot afford to start and the league feels it has no alternative other than to recommence fixtures because if the pause continued and the outcome of the vote was for the season to proceed, there would not be enough time to finish it.

Clubs began the season in October in the belief initial grant funding would be extended in January if no fans were allowed at matches. This has proved not to be the case, with the DCMS offering loans out of the Sport Winter Survival Package – which some clubs are refusing to take.

Another issue is the lack of a testing programme.

In the short term the National League are continuing with the existing, agreed, protocols, but it is understood discussions around testing for all 66 clubs are continuing.

Saturday’s Fixtures

National League
Eastleigh v Solihull Moors
Maidenhead United v Boreham Wood
Stockport County v Yeovil Town
Weymouth v Bromley
Wrexham v Dagenham & Redbridge

National League North
Alfreton Town v York City
Brackley Town v Chorley

National League South
Billericay Town v St Albans City
Dartford v Welling United
Eastbourne Borough v Hungerford Town
Hemel Hempstead Town v Dorking Wanderers
Tonbridge Angels v Hampton & Richmond Borough

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