Bognor scotch rumours over FA Trophy tie at Thame

Bognor WILL play their FA Trophy first round clash at Thame United next week even though the Isthmian Premier League action remains suspended.

Friday, 4th December 2020, 11:33 am
Updated Friday, 4th December 2020, 11:34 am
Bognor celebrate a goal against Tooting in the last round of the Trophy / Picture: Lyn Phillips

Rocks general manager Simon Cook has reiterated that the away encounter will go ahead after some social media comments threw doubt on the fixture going ahead. And the Nyewood Lane executive revealed a review off the tier system on December 16 may yet lead to a resumption of league action soon after.

It follows a governing body statement that seemed to leave the matter in the balance as to whether or not there would be a restart, and when that might be.

Yesterday's league statement read: "The clubs in membership of the Northern Premier, Southern and Isthmian Leagues (the Trident Leagues) met earlier this week to consider the challenges and issues brought about by the reintroduction of Tiers after the raising of the nationwide lockdown with effect from yesterday.

"The clubs were asked to vote on a proposition that the pause in fixtures be continued with a regular review in light of changes to the Tiers and/or grants becoming available. The total votes cast by the 224 clubs show a substantial number of clubs in agreement with the proposition. The matter has been considered today and is subject to comment by The FA. A further statement will be issued in due course."

Cook said: "The Isthmian League season is paused at the moment, but it is hoped that the situation may change following the Government's next review on December 16.

"This does not affect Bognor's FA Trophy match at Thame United, which goes ahead as planned next Tuesday, 8th December. Should the Rocks win this match, the next round of the FA Trophy will be played the following week, probably on Tuesday, December 15."