Eastbourne Borough will be running on empty in the coming weeks, after their season screeched to a halt in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.
The Sports will need to manage their finances down to the last penny, with all their normal income streams suddenly switched off as all activity ceases at Priory Lane.
Last weekend the National League bucked the trend and permitted one last round of fixtures. Ironically, it brought Borough one of their best gates of the season – well over 800 – and a healthy income from bar and refreshment takings.
The attendance was boosted by a number of floating supporters, some deprived of their Amex trip, where Albion’s fixture with Arsenal had been called off.
But the Maidstone game was to be Borough’s last income for quite a while. By Monday, the National League’s management committee had announced the inevitable.
All games are off until at least the start of April, although realistically nobody is expecting a resumption for weeks, months or conceivably not at all.
Speaking on BBC Sussex in midweek, football chairman John Bonar spelt out the situation in stark terms.
“We have match day revenue obviously. But our youth section also brings in a lot of money, which helps to pay the bills. Without these sources, we’ve got no money coming in.
“As it stands at the moment, the bar and the restaurant are still open, but we are aware that one simple directive from the government could change that at a stroke.”