Dronfield boss says latest pause creates ‘extra pressure’ but insists safety should be priority

Dronfield Town boss Chris Millington says the latest suspension to the NCEL Division One campaign adds “extra pressure” to finish the season, but he insists that should only be done when safe to do so.

The NCEL announced on Wednesday evening that games would remain postponed until January 13 at the earliest due to “the rapidly rising number of Covid-19 cases across the league’s footprint.”

With many voicing their opinions on the matter, Millington doesn’t envy the decision makers.

“It’s a really difficult situation that the league is in and I think they have handled it well over the last six months,” he said.

“It’s difficult to please everyone as there are 40 different teams over the two leagues who all will have 40 different opinions on how the league should move forward.

“These opinions will be based on finance, league position, pitch availability, amount of volunteers available to ensure that clubs can adhere to the Covid Risk Assessment, and a range of other reasons.

“All I can say as a club is that when we were asked if we wanted to continue under the previous Tier 3 restrictions (without fans), we voted yes so I think that shows our clubs willingness to get this season finished.

“With four teams going up this year and a bit of a regional league restructure being talked about at the end of the season, I think there is extra pressure on the league being completed but we must ensure it is safe to do so.”

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