Football: 'Crowd puller' must be played behind closed doors

OFFICIALDOM has robbed Rocester FC of a sizeable attendance for tonight's (August 21) attractive pre-season friendly against Leek Town.

It is likely the BetVictor Northern Premier League outfit would have brought a good following with them to Hillsfield.

However, because crowd restrictions - imposed as a result of Covid-19 - aren't being lifted until tomorrow, the game has to be played behind closed doors.

A club spokesman warned Blues fans: "Please don't travel as you won't be allowed in sadly."

The fixture would have brought in some valuable income for the Romans after the coronavirus pandemic shut out fans from March.

However, spectators will be allowed in for Rocester's pre-season friendly at home to Ashbourne FC on Tuesday, September 1 (7.45pm).

A crowd 15 per cent of ground capacity will be permitted for this fixture, but this figure will increase to 30 per cent for fixtures thereafter, if the club is seen to be complying with Government and FA guidelines relating to Covid-19.

Admission to the Ashbourne friendly is on a 'first come, first served' basis.

Rocester kick off their MFL Division One campaign at home to Studley FC on Saturday, September 8 (3pm).


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