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Billericay Town and Concord Rangers will commence their respective Vanarama National League South campaigns, despite ongoing financial concerns raised during the pandemic.
17 National League North and South clubs had released a joint statement, explaining;
Clubs who are unable to commit to fixtures should continue to have their season held in suspense by the league and do so without fear of sanctions.
However, the Beach Boys have since agreed to resume their season on Tuesday, February 9, with the clubs players and staff agreeing to a pay cut with Chairman, Ant Smith funding COVID testing.
Meanwhile, Billericay’s match with St Albans City at New Lodge on Saturday will go ahead. Nevertheless, to maintain a financially stable position, and to ensure that the clubs contracted players can remain furloughed with income, the Blues will be fielding a team comprising of their existing five non-contracted players and other selected from the under 23 squad.
The National League season has been suspended for the past fortnight, with question marks rising as to whether the campaign would be completed. A number of clubs remain concerned over finances, with a controversial government plan to offer loans as opposed to grants largely rejected.
Concord Rangers’ statement in full can be read here; https://www.concordrangers.co.uk/club-statement-from-chairman-ant-smith/
Billericay Town’s statement in full can be read here; http://www.billericaytownfc.co.uk/to-the-billericay-town-supporters/