Boreham Wood have given their response after the Southend Echo reported that they were denied access to the upcoming FA Cup match between Southend United and the Wood.

The National League side are set to host the tie this Saturday, but Echosport have not been permitted to cover the game from Meadow Park.

The club have this afternoon said: “Following the recent advice sent to us by the National League Board and The FA, and in line with all present government guidelines, due to COVID-19, the club has had to make tough decisions in regard to who we can give entry to for Saturday’s FA Cup game against Southend United. Our decisions are based entirely on if somebody is deemed an essential worker or not.

“We believe a cautious, common sense approach is needed at this time and we are taking our guidance from our appropriate governing bodies; the FA and the National League, as well as our very own COVID Officer and Safety Officer. Unfortunately, we cannot look after away match reporters during this lockdown, as match reporters are not deemed as essential workers and can do their work from the safety of their homes via the live streams we provide.

“As such we will not be able to accommodate any non-essential media during this latest COVID-19 lockdown. For this Saturday, we have been able to accommodate BBC Essex Radio, BBC Three Counties Radio, BBC 5 live, plus our chosen streaming provider FC Video.

“We are also accommodating the BBC’s chosen TV highlights company, Gravity Media. As everyone can see, we are accommodating as many people as possible to ensure the game can be viewed from the safety of supporter’s and non-essential workers’ homes.”

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