Kettering pull out of FA Cup qualifying game with Brackley due to COVID-19
Brackley through to the FA Cup fourth qualifying round after coronavirus forces Kettering to withdraw from the competition
Brackley Town’s FA Cup third qualifying round match against Kettering Town tomorrow night is off after Kettering became unable to field a team due to COVID-19 infections. Kettering have taken the decision to withdraw from the competition.
Brackley now automatically progress to the fourth qualifying round.
The decision was announced late on Monday afternoon. A statement from Kettering Town said, “The board have taken the difficult decision to withdraw from this season’s Emirates FA Cup competition. This decision is due to Covid infections within the camp and the requirement to isolate our first team squad and management personnel”.
The statement concludes, “This is the hardest decision this board has had to make but as well as protecting our players along with those at Brackley Town we also have an obligation to protect the integrity of the game and taking everything into account this is sadly the only option available”.
On Tuesday evening Oxford United are due to face Crewe Alexandra in a rescheduled match. Just two weeks ago an earlier game between the two had to be postponed after it was announced shortly before the match that one of the Crewe players had tested positive for COVID-19.
The Banbury United Tuesday night FA Cup third qualifying round match sees a trip to face Peterborough Sports. The Cambridgeshire club are expecting a good number of spectators for the game, with a number of Puritan’s supporters expected to make the trip.
Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam