Skegness Town’s season has been put on hold - just as the Lilywhites were hitting their stride.
The Northern Counties East League Division One falls into the non-elite category under Government guidelines, which means action and training will be suspended for 28 days as England goes into lockdown from Thursday.
Manager Nathan Collins understands the reasons behind the decision, but confesses it comes at the wrong time for his squad.
“It’s a frustration. I’m not a big fan of the lockdown scenarios anyway, without going into the politics - especially with schools and universities staying open,” he said.
“But from a football point of view, being selfish, we’ve had some horrendous injuries and lost three centre halves.
“But we got a couple of lads back and we’re only missing - although it’s a big loss - Kieran Wressell at centre half.
“Now we’d like to kick on from that, so it is frustrating. But now we have four weeks off. It can’t be helped.”
The FA have confirmed that all football from step 3 and below in the National League system will be suspended until December 2.
Town’s last competitive match was October 24’s 3-1 victory at Nostell Miners Welfare.
It was that contest where Collins said he felt his side had put their injury woes behind them and delivered their ‘best performance of the season’.
But now the Lilywhites are heading into lockdown on the back of two postponements.
Saturday’s FA Vase clash at Stourport Swifts was put on hold as the Town team were en route to the match, a torrential downpour causing a waterlogged pitch.
This was followed by the scheduled league match at Emley, due to take place this evening, being postponed.