Published: 10:56, 11 January 2021
| Updated: 11:08, 11 January 2021
Tonbridge chairman Dave Netherstreet has urged people to stay away from Longmead.
Netherstreet says he is “very concerned for everyone associated with the club” as UK Covid cases continue to surge.
So, while elite status means Angels’ National League South campaign continues, safety is paramount in the chairman’s mind.
Limited numbers of club staff and press are permitted at games, which are being played behind closed doors, with Tonbridge due to host Chippenham in a rearranged fixture tomorrow night.
But Netherstreet said: “I am very concerned for everyone associated with the club and I must ask that if you do not have to come to the ground, please stay at home.
“If you do come to the ground, face coverings have to be worn and if you don’t feel well then don’t come.
“Remember, wear a face covering, keep a safe distance and always wash and sanitise your hands.”
Netherstreet was speaking after Tonbridge players and coaching staff underwent antibody testing at the weekend, to detect who’s had Covid.
“This in no way compares with the kind of high level testing that exists at Premier League level, but may at least go some way to help us in managing the prevention of a Covid-19 outbreak at our club,” he told Angels’ website.
“The club has linked up with GPD Ltd to see if we can carry out regular testing of players before every game.
“Unfortunately, the cost is way beyond the financial means of a club at our level despite the fact that we have to keep on playing.
“The method of testing is termed lateral flow which provides a reading within 15 to 20 minutes although it does not have the same accuracy percentage as other tests.”