THE Covid-19 pandemic has turned the 2020-21 season into “a nightmare” for Knutsford Football Club.

So much so that, with tougher national restrictions appearing imminent, they would be in favour of scrapping the Cheshire Football League campaign until the summer.

A combination of Covid restrictions and the weather has restricted Reds to just three competitive fixtures since the campaign got underway in September.

Indeed, they have not played a Premier Division game since beating Greenalls PSO 2-0 on October 24.

That was before the four-week national lockdown in November and with Cheshire being placed under Tier 4 restrictions over Christmas, it means all “non-elite” football with the exception of games for under 18s is not permitted.

With that in mind, the club put forth their views on what should happen with the remainder of the campaign.

“What with the Covid situation and the constant wet weather. the months of December, January and February are always a challenge in getting games on at an amateur football level,” a club statement read.

“We don’t have Premier League pitches with perfect drainage systems and 10-plus full-time groundsmen, nor do we have resident medical specialists or in-house testing capabilities.

“Obviously, the players are naturally disappointed, frustrated and desperate to have a kick about with their mates followed by a social get together at the pub.

“The lads just want to play – regardless of the bigger picture.

“But the club has a duty of care, with health and safety paramount to ensure all risks are minimized and has a responsibility to protect players from themselves and others.

“In a normal season, we would typically have played 20 league and cup games plus 4-6 pre-season friendlies to the end of December, with 4-6 games postponed due to weather.

“Income is significantly down and with very few fans wanting to expose themselves to risk, hosting a home game loses money and without income and/or additional government/FA support, the non-league system we all love is under threat.

“With 440 league fixtures remaining at an average of 27 games per team in the CFL Premier League, we can’t see it being possible for the league programme to complete.

“It would make no sense in extending the league into July and August as this would impact on season 2021-2022 when hopefully, normality returns.

“We feel it better to officially cancel the league now and consider a cup/pool competition for March-May with clubs having no more than 10 fixtures to bring clarity and set clear expectations for clubs, fans and players.”