Curzon Ashton and Southport have agreed not to fulfil tonight’s National League North fixture.

The two clubs are in agreement not to participate until a decision is reached in regard to how the remainder of the season will be concluded.

Southport have explained in a statement: “There are two ongoing reasons for this. Firstly, we have had concerns, as we have expressed on numerous occasions, as to the health and safety of our players, staff and volunteers who are being asked to play during a global pandemic.

“We have not to date received any tests from the National League. We played recently in the FA Trophy because both teams were able to use the prize money to pay for testing.

“Secondly, clubs at our level remain in a very difficult financial position. Again as we have indicated previously, we do not believe that we as a club should play on whilst others face the threat of insolvency through no fault of their own.

“The majority of clubs at this level argued for the grants and started the season on the understanding that the season would be funded that way if fans did not return. That solidarity has been lost to some extent along the way, but we will support as best we can those clubs who simply cannot afford to continue in the league this season.

“Southport FC will maintain this position until at least the result of the resolution is known.”

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