Garstang FC boss says clubs need to know the season's fate when possible

Garstang FC manager Richard Cookney has reiterated that clubs need to hear what will happen with the suspended season as soon as is feasible.

Tuesday, 9th February 2021, 8:00 am

The Riversiders haven’t played since the post-Christmas win at AFC Blackpool on December 28.

Within 48 hours of that victory, Garstang – along with the other North West Counties Football League clubs – saw their campaign placed on hiatus until further notice.

Clubs were asked to take part in a survey concerning the potential outcome of the 2020/21 season.

Garstang FC's last game was the post-Christmas win at AFC Blackpool Picture: Adam Gee

Declaring it null and void or delaying it until supporters can be allowed back to matches are possible results but the wait means clubs are having to draw up different plans for different scenarios.

“It’s a difficult one,” the Garstang boss admitted.

“It’s OK saying the sooner the FA tell us the better but they can’t progress until the government tells them what they’re going to do.

“However, a lot of clubs higher up will have players on contracts and have that to deal with.”

Cookney had aimed high at the start of the NWCFL First Division North campaign.

When the season was suspended at the end of December, the Riversiders were 11th in the table, albeit only four points adrift of the top four.

Should a second consecutive season be brought to a premature end, the Garstang boss hopes he can use some of their displays as a bargaining chip for squad retention.

Cookney said: “The only bonus for us is that we had a great win against AFC Blackpool in the last game.

“The lads know we have put a great little squad together at the moment.

“If we can keep that squad together for next year, then I’ll be over the moon.”

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