Bridlington teams set to return to East Riding County League action from April 10

Teams in the East Riding County League, including several from the Bridlington area, will return to action from Saturday April 10, but Bridlington Town County have withdrawn from the Premier Division.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 10:09 am
Bridlington Rovers, maroon, in action.

A statement from the league management committee said: "Firstly, a huge thank you to you all for your patience over the past weeks while we have been busy working behind the scenes to plan for the return of grassroots football.

"Following the release of today’s FA guidance, we are pleased to confirm that the league will be resuming on Saturday 10th April as planned.

"We are all looking forward to the return of football and (hopefully!) finally completing this season."

Bridlington Town County, along with Hall Road Rangers Development, Holme Rovers and Leven Members Club, have withdrawn from the Premier Division

The league added: "We are pleased to confirm that all of the teams who chose to complete the remainder of this season, will be able to compete in a set of league organised fixtures.

"Due to the withdrawal of a small percentage of teams, the majority of divisions will complete a half-season with a slightly reduced number of teams, with an average of four scheduled fixtures per team.

"Unfortunately, a high percentage of teams have withdrawn from the Premier Division, therefore the league have decided to produce a small set of fixtures for the remaining teams in that division, so that there is a consistent approach across the league."

No teams have withdrawn from Division One, therefore all 11 teams will complete a half-season, with Bridlington side Telegraph playing four more fixtures.

In Division Two, Driffield Evening Institute AFC Reserves and South Park Rangers FC have withdrawn.

The remaining nine teams will complete a half-season, which means Bridlington Rovers will play three more matches.

In Division Three, Hutton Cranswick SRA Reserves have withdrawn, so the remaining 11 teams will complete a half-season, Bridlington Rovers Lions will play another four games.

In Division Four no teams have withdrawn so all 12 teams will complete a half-season, Bridlington Rovers Millau have five games left to play.

In Division Five, Queens County AFC Academy and Shiptonthorpe United have withdrawn.

The remaining 10 teams will complete a half-season, Bridlington Rovers Pandas have five matches left and Bridlington Spa FC three.

No teams have withdrawn from Division Six, so all 12 teams will complete a half-season, Bridlington Rovers Academy have five matches left and Club De Albion three.

The league will publish all fixtures for the remainder of the season on FA Full-Time as soon as possible, and by Sunday March 28 at the latest.

The League Senior Cup, League Junior Cup and Harold Robinson Memorial Cup are currently suspended. They will be reviewed by the league’s Cup Committee during the close season to determine whether there is any opportunity to resurrect and complete them.

The HE Dean Cup knock-out competition is usually held at the end of the season with early round fixtures played midweek. This competition will not run this season and will return for the 2021/2022 season.

The East Riding FA County Cups, the Senior Country Cup, Intermediate Cup, Junior Country Cup and Qualifying Cup are currently suspended

The playing season is extended from May 31 to June 30.

The league have waived the imposition of a fine for any team failing to fulfil a fixture.

The rule on subs has been temporarily amended to increase the number of permitted substitutes from three to five, in accordance with the club vote held prior to the suspension of football.

In addition, the use of repeat (rolling) substitutions has been added. This will be done as a trial period and reviewed at this season’s AGM.

As has been the case for this season to date, Team Sheets are not to be physically handed to the opposition or match official. Details of substitutes are to be given to match officials verbally, or by another appropriate method adhering to social distancing requirements.

Teams who have withdrawn from the league will retain their current points total in the league tables as a historic record of the season.