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Prospect of fans being allowed to watch Folkestone Invicta's historic FA Trophy tie at Wrexham in doubt following announcement by Welsh government


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The prospect of Folkestone fans being allowed to watch their historic FA Trophy tie at Wrexham has been cast into doubt - hours after the draw was made.

Invicta's reward for reaching the fourth round of the competition for the first time ever is an away match against the big-spending National League side, now owned by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.

Folkestone are due to play National League Wrexham in the New Year - but the prospect of Invicta fans being allowed to watch the match in Wales in now in doubt. Picture: Randolph File
Folkestone are due to play National League Wrexham in the New Year - but the prospect of Invicta fans being allowed to watch the match in Wales in now in doubt. Picture: Randolph File

But late on Monday night, it was announced spectators will be banned from all sporting events in Wales from Boxing Day to try to control the spread of the Omicron Covid variant.

It is unclear at this stage how long these restrictions will last for but means the Trophy tie at the Racecourse Ground - scheduled for Saturday, January 15 - may have to be played behind-closed-doors.

The first Wrexham match due to be affected by the new restrictions is their Boxing Day game against Solihull Moors in the National League.

A club spokesman for the Red Dragons said: "We are disappointed that fans will be unable to attend our scheduled Boxing Day fixture at the Racecourse Ground, but we understand why the decision has been made.

"For any game that is played behind-closed-doors while these restrictions are in place, the club will refund all moneys paid and will share more details regarding this in due course.

"This will apply to both season ticket holders and those who have bought tickets for the specific match(es).

"Please retain any tickets already purchased and continue to collect tickets in the normal way.

"We will communicate all further information, including the refund process in due course."

Invicta beat Uxbridge 2-0 through goals from Josh Vincent and Ade Yusuff at Cheriton Road on Saturday to reach round four of the competition.

On Twitter on Tuesday morning, Folkestone said they have no further information over when and where the match will be played at this stage.

The winner of the fourth-round encounter is due to bag £5,250 in prize money.

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