The Ebac Northern League has made an application to the Football Association to extend the current deadline of May 5 by which matches must be played.

League secretary Kevin Hewitt said:

“Due to the long spell of bad weather there is an unprecedented backlog of fixtures faced by several clubs in the league. We have written to the FA asking them to extend the deadline by a week.

“First and foremost we are concerned about the impact on players of playing several games in quick succession. Professional players are not expected to play so many games in such a short period and we believe it is not fair to expect our players to do so.

“The backlog means extra work for the committees, volunteers and ground staff who are already doing such a fantastic job to make sure games go ahead. So many games can cause long-term damage to pitches.

“Spectators are also being asked to pay to watch three or four games within 10 days, which we believe is unreasonable.”

It is understood that other leagues in the non-league system will also be applying for an extension to the season and it is hoped that the FA’s Leagues Committee will consider requests when it next meets on April 10.


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