National League hopefuls King’s Lynn will need to find a five-figure cash sum just to get through a potential coronavirus shutdown.

The Linnets missed out on a chance to reclaim top spot on Saturday in a 1-0 home defeat to Guiseley that was one of the few games played across the country, following the suspension of professional football.

The National League’s top brass now look set to follow suit, with reports a decision to suspend all future games could come as early as Monday.

Former Norwich City stalwart Ian Culverhouse’s side’s away game at Gloucester on Monday has now been postponed, while next weekend’s opponents Kettering announced on Saturday they have a player in self-isolation.

Linnets chairman Stephen Cleeve admits the future is uncertain for clubs lower down the ladder.

“At the levels below, in the vast majority of cases, the players only get paid if they play. That is not the case for us,” he said. “If they are legally contracted to be paid until the end of the season then they expect to be paid.”

“What does one do? How do you pay those players with no matchday income coming in?”

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