Dozens of non-league matches postponed as football fuel crisis hits | Soccer


Dozens of non-league games have been postponed due to fuel shortages plaguing the country.

Several fixtures scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday in the Isthmian League and the South League, both of which cover parts of southern England in the lower National League tier, have been called off.

Further down the pyramid, the entire Southern Combination Football League schedule has been postponed.

A shortage of heavy truck drivers, after Brexit, has been blamed on fuel supply issues that have led to long queues outside petrol stations, many of which have been forced to close as stocks s ‘exhaust.

A number of leagues have responded to the problem by allowing clubs to postpone matches if they have travel concerns. While many clubs were quick to choose the option, others responded with frustration that the games were called off in the short term.

Bognor Regis Town said they wanted their game against Leatherhead to go ahead, but the away team chose to postpone.

Simon Cook, general manager of Bognor Regis, said on the club’s website: “It’s incredibly frustrating because it’s not the longest commute at around an hour and 20 minutes, but once the league gave clubs the option to cancel matches, I guess we could have predicted that some would do just that.

“The ironic thing is that we still plan to go to Leatherhead on Thursday for the Young Rocks FA Youth Cup draw – and right now, if we were to pull out of the game, we would lose the game.”


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