Wongers on hold as football suspended

Horncastle Town’s season is on hold following the Coronavirus outbreak.
Mickey Stones.Mickey Stones.
Mickey Stones.

The Wongers were due to host Immingham Town in the Challenge Cup this weekend, but the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League suspended all action until further notice on Sunday.

Twenty-four hours later, the Football Association urged the suspension of grassroots football ‘for the forseeable future’.

While there was some league action this week, Saturday’s scheduled Supplementary Cup semi-final at Gainsborough Trinity Reserves was postponed after a member of the Holy Blues’ first team went into self-isolation after showing suspected Covid-19 symptoms.

The cup clash was then rescheduled for Tuesday evening before the league took the decision to suspend all action.

“It’s difficult as a football manager talking about this, as I’m normally dealing with football,” Stones said.

“But it feels like a relief that a clear decision has been made.

“It was a strange week, being told the game was off on Saturday then trying to get everyone up for Tuesday, then to be told the league had been suspended.”

Stones said the club’s decision to agree to play on Tuesday was a collective one, with members of the squad all asked whether they felt comfortable making the journey to the Northolme, with every response being a positive one.

Prior to the FA announcement, Town had, as a club, taken the decision to put all footballing activity on hold.

From the juniors to the first team, match action and training has been stopped indefinitely.

“The lads will be keeping themselves fit,” Stones told The News.

“They all do bits on their own anyway, so they’ll continue to stay fit in case the league starts again.”