Published: 00:00, 10 April 2021
| Updated: 12:17, 10 April 2021
Details have been revealed of a cup competition involving five teams from the Southern Counties East Football League.
Sheppey United, Chatham Town, Lordswood, Punjab United and Rochester United will compete for honours in a Post Lockdown Cup competition that is set to get under way on May 18.
Premier Division side Lordswood originally tweeted a teaser of the competition before announcing more details. Clubs will hope to be allowed to admit fans from mid-May onwards.
The five clubs have been without football since the SCEFL was curtailed. The last set of league fixtures was at the end of October. May would usually be time for players to rest and recover for a new season but with such little action, the competition will be welcomed by players and fans alike.
Teams will play each other twice in a mini-league format before the top two face each other in a final.
Games will be held at Chatham’s Bauvill Stadium, Punjab’s Elite Venue ground in Gravesend, Lordswood’s Martyn Grove and Rochester United’s Rede Court Road. Sheppey, whose own ground is being developed for a 3G playing surface, will play their home games at Chatham.
Fixtures are yet to be announced but the competition will commence on Tuesday, May 18, with games played both midweek and on Saturdays, including the odd Friday over a five week period. The final will be played on Tuesday, June 22.
Spectators are currently unable to watch games at SCEFL grounds, until at least May 17. The competition dates have been scheduled with the hope fans can attend.
Current guidance says “Sporting events that are intended to attract spectators (including ticketed events), or events that are likely to attract a significant number of spectators should not take place in a public space, or on private land, until Step 3 (of the government road map) on May 17th.” Reduced capacity may be in operation.