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Non league friendly gets abandoned at half time

It’s that time of year, pre-season is finally underway, however there was one particular non league friendly that gets abandoned at half time.

For so many teams in English football pyramid, they haven ‘t been able to kick a ball since their season was halted back in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This has resulted in many teams having to withdraw/resign from their current division or even have no choice but to fold due to the lack of finances coming in, which they would normally receive through matchday revenue.

We recently did a round-up, stating that there was nearly 20 non league sides that have been struggling since July 2019, for various issues.

So for any team to be able to return to football this summer is you could say a big achievement considering the impact the pandemic has had on so many.

On Saturday afternoon, Northampton based club Heyford Athletic took part in a friendly against Oxfordshire Senior League outfit Marston Saints.

The host’s first football fix since lockdown ended up having to be abandoned at half time.

Michael Philpott put Heyford in front after 15 minutes, before Stephen Gardner doubled his side’s lead with a top bin on the 30th minute. Marston Saints got one back prior to the break.

However, the game ended up having to be called off due to social distancing not being adhered to.

As described a fan on social media, the referee wasn’t happy with a group not socially distancing at the side of the pitch, and after a long delay whilst waiting to hear from a league representative, time was called on the game. Astonishing many.

This led fans to give their thoughts on the decision to have the non league pre-season friendly fixture abandoned, see multiple tweets from users below…

On the same day, the much respected non league journalist Ollie Bayliss along with reporter Tony Incenzo tweeted as non league returned to football again.

Ollie wrote: “Non-league clubs have been without their main source of funding for 5 months now!

“No gate receipts, no food sales & no programme money.

“It’s astonishing that more clubs haven’t yet folded.

|Massive credit to all those working so hard to try to keep their community’s club alive!”

Tony added: “For many Non-League clubs the main income is from the bar/clubhouse. Also clubs hire out these facilities for functions. Most of this income has been lost due to Coronavirus. So we should say a big THANK YOU to Non-League volunteers who are working hard to keep their clubs alive.”

There was reaction to both of them tweets too…

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