Stowmarket Town chairman Neil Sharp has said the club have ‘reluctantly decided’ that it is not financially viable at present to play league games.

Like much of non-league, the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division side have had their season on hold in recent weeks, while the current national lockdown has been in place. Chairman Sharp has today said why Stow will not be resuming their fixtures next week.

A statement explains: “The club has reluctantly decided that, under the current government legislation, it is not financially viable to play league fixtures while we are unable to offer our loyal and truly fantastic fans any hospitality without them having to sit down to eat or drink it. As you know, we have worked tirelessly to ensure your safety on home match days and I am proud to say that our strict reinforcement of our Covid-19 policy from the start of the season gave us a great base to try and bring football back to our community.

“Since then, the addition of the refreshment restrictions has hit us very hard. Without it, we cannot cover the cost of a match.

“We are not a restaurant, we are a community sports and social club. Booking a table for a substantial meal and being chased off your seat as soon as you have had your last mouthful is not how we operate or the community spirit we promote.

“However, these tier 2 restrictions would force us into such a stance, as well as the expense of redesigning the spectator walkways, which would greatly reduce our already-limited capacity.”

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