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Three-quarters of Kent County League clubs want to complete the football season

An overwhelming majority of Kent County League clubs want to complete the season.

A poll of clubs showed 75 per cent wish to resume the campaign “when/if we are able to do so” as the country tries to get Covid-19 under control.

Kent County League chairman Gavin Hoare
Kent County League chairman Gavin Hoare

In a letter to clubs, chairman Gavin Hoare says the league must “remain realistic and we will soon approach a point where to complete a full season might not be possible”.

In that event, a scaled-down version would have to be agreed with the Kent FA but Hoare points out it is “also possible the decision will be taken out of our hands and we may be given clear instruction as to how we conclude the season”.

Hoare goes on to say a points-per-game option is “unlikely” with less than 50 per cent of fixtures completed.

Safety is paramount in any decision, with the league awaiting guidance from the Kent FA.

“We have recently had meetings with both the chairman and chief executive who have committed to keeping us updated and engaging with us before any decisions are made,” writes Hoare.

“We will keep you all updated as we hear more and if other options are recommended, we will ask for further input from you as clubs.

“The management committee, once we have enough information, will call a meeting of all clubs to discuss all options along with further information on matters raised in the latest management minutes, a Q&A can then take place.

“The management committee wants every member club and all those associated with the clubs to remain vigilant and proactive in the coming weeks to protect everyone we can.

“Stay fit and stay positive. We have already lost too many friends and football family members.

"Do what you have to do to protect all and in doing so we will get back to doing what we all do best when we can and it is safe to do so.

"The management committee will continue to work together to put forward plans and ideas to keep the league at the top of its game and be bigger, better and stronger and to give all those that want the chance to move onwards and upwards the opportunity to do so in the most ethical and sporting manner."

National League South was suspended on Friday while the Isthmian League have called for their season to be declared null and void.

Earlier this month, the Southern Counties East League said "all scenarios are up for discussion".

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