Perry Street League cancels all games amid coronavirus outbreak

THE Perry Street League has postponed all fixtures today (Saturday) because of the coronavirus epidemic.

This means that Lyme Rovers’ Division Two home game against Winsham Reserves is off.

The Devon & Exeter League programme will go-ahead although the league management committee has issued instructions with regard to players shaking hands before a game.

Lyme 1st team’s home match with Premier division rivals Hatherleigh has been postponed because the Davey Fort pitch is unplayable after further heavy rain last night.

Manager Gerard Hitchcock tried to switch the game to the all-weather pitch at Axe Valley College but Hatherleigh were unable to raise a side for a morning kick-off.

Lyme Reserves’ away match at Upottery Reserves will go ahead today as scheduled.

LymeOnline Sport understands that the Perry Street League Management Committee will meet next week to discuss whether future games will also be postponed.

The Devon & Exeter League issued this statement earlier in the week: “You are well aware of the concerns over the coronavirus  recently, from all areas of the world and concerns within sport, in our case football.

“Therefore, the officers have discussed this via emails (as we don’t meet until the end of the month) and unanimously agreed that the pre-match handshake should be withdrawn from all matches within the Devon and Exeter Football League for the rest of this season.

“Please be aware that this decision is only for the benefit of all DEFL League games. This decision may not affect cup games.

A copy of this email has been sent to all referees that are registered with the DCFA.”

Officially, there are only eight weeks left to the end of the season.

Clubs are being allowed to play games on Sundays in a bid to ease the backlog but a season extension will be necessary to complete the season irrespective of coronavirus implications.

Lyme 1st team have another 15 league games to play.

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