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Matlock boss Phillips fears NPL season could be over

Matlock Town boss Paul Phillips fears the Northern Premier League may suffer a second successive null and void season.

It was confirmed this week that more fixtures have been cancelled in the coming weeks due to the increased levels of the COVID-19 virus around the country, with Matlock's next game currently due to be at home to FC United of Manchester on Saturday, January 16.

But with a large number of games still to be played, and the likelihood of more postponements to come, Phillips is struggling to see how they will be fitted in before the summer.

He said: "Don’t get me wrong, it’s something neither I or anyone else wants, but as things stand I can’t really see us playing in January.

Paul Phillips will have to wait even longer to get his players back in action. Photo: Jez Tighe.

"We’ve got 36 league games to play and that will be an awful strain on the players should we be asked to fulfil those fixtures. Even if there’s a split in the fixtures there’s still lot of games to fit in.

"With the way things are in the world right now I can’t see us playing anytime soon.”

Reviews of the government's tier levels are being carried out on a regular basis, which could in turn allow fans to return to matches if their clubs are situated in the correct tiers, while there are also hopes the government may produce financial packages to help clubs at NPL level.