AFC Fylde boss Jim Bentley admitted to being surprised that National League games were played last weekend amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Although the Premier League and EFL had called a halt to matches this time last week, non-league’s top tier, along with matches in their North and South divisions, still went ahead with the Coasters seeing off Aldershot Town at Mill Farm.

Forty eight hours later, however, the National League, along with the Northern Premier and North West Counties Leagues, opted to suspend matches.

At the moment, National League matches are now on hold until April 3 at the earliest.

That means the Coasters have to rearrange games with Sutton United, Chorley, Maidenhead United and Hartlepool United.

“I was quite surprised (to play),” Bentley said.

“The day before, we found out the EFL and Premier League were off and I assumed we’d follow suit.

“The National League took the advice of the government and went ahead, even if a few games didn’t.

“We were looking forward to the Sutton game on the Tuesday, full of confidence, but then the decision (to suspend) was made.”

Read more: https://www.lythamstannesexpress.co.uk/sport/football/afc-fylde-manager-reflects-football-takes-time-result-coronavirus-crisis-2503211

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