MIDLAND League sides Studley and Feckenham will have to wait patiently for a return to action after fixtures in their respective divisions were suspended until at least December 19.
Whilst national lockdown restrictions were lifted on Wednesday, the majority of grassroots leagues up and down the country are set to remain in limbo with the revised coronavirus tier systems affecting some clubs worse than others.
Sides in Tier Two, for example, may face teams from Tier Three – creating issues in regards to the admittance of spectators and subsequently an unfair advantage whereby Tier Two clubs would profit at the expense of those in more restricted areas.
The resulting dilemma for league officials is when, and if, play should resume or remain suspended.
For Division One Studley and Division Two Feckenham, the Midland Football League have announced all fixtures will be postponed until December 19 at the earliest, with a final decision on December 16 once the government have carried out their two-week review of the tier levels.
Should the season restart as planned, Studley will face a trip to Uttoxeter Town on December 19, before welcoming Cadbury Athletic to their Beehive home on December 28 to see out the year.
In the case of Feckenham, the Millers will welcome Fairfield Villa to Redditch United’s Trico Stadium – where they are current tenants – on December 19, before visiting Coventry Alvis on Boxing Day in their final fixture of 2020.