Worksop Town assistant manager Craig Rouse believes that it is not a viable option for non-league clubs to play fixtures behind closed doors, after the government’s COVID-19 tier system became tighter, writes Devon Cash.

It has been a full month since Worksop last took to the field, and with no clarity on whether the season will resume or not, clubs across the country may find themselves in financial trouble with the absence of regular gate receipts and revenue.

Rouse is hoping that the government will rethink their plans to force clubs situated in areas that fall within the Tier 3 category, the highest risk category, to play with no crowds.

“It is disappointing because areas that were in Tier 2 and Tier 3 before the lockdown were allowed supporters with restrictions and we were limited to certain numbers, and I don’t think there were any proven cases from that,” said Rouse.

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