Sunderland West End game postponed after Chester-le-Street Town FC player tests positive for Covid-19

This afternoon’s Sunderland West End game has been postponed after a Chester-le-Street Town FC player tested positive for Covid-19.

Saturday, 5th September 2020, 11:42 am
Mariners Park the home of South Shields FC.

The 3pm kick-off at the Ford Hub was due to take place this afternoon but the match has been postponed, it has been announced.

Posting on Twitter, Sunderland West End said: “Match Off. Due to an opposition player testing positive for COVID-19 our game today has been called off. The wait for our return home is on hold for now. Have a great weekend!

"#WestisBest”.

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Meanwhile, a pre-season friendly between South Shields FC and Blyth Spartans AFC has been postponed due to fears over the Covid-19 infection rate on South Tyneside.

The area has been added to Public Health England’s watchlist as an area of concern following a spike in the number of coronavirus in recent days.

Health bosses warned people must follow guidance to avoid further restrictions and the prospect of a local lockdown.

A tweet from South Shields confirmed: “Today's game with @Blyth_Spartans has been postponed.

“We were informed this morning by Blyth that they were no longer willing to play us due to the rate of infection in South Tyneside.

“We will inform those who bought tickets of how they can apply for refunds on Monday.”

Blyth, who compete in National League North, said they were protecting the safety of their supporters, management, players and officials.

“Blyth Spartans AFC has taken the decision to cancel this afternoon's friendly at South Shields due to concerns over the increased Covid-19 infection rate in South Tyneside,” a Blyth statement read.

“Always our first priority is the safety and wellbeing of our supporters, management, players and officials.”

“And having taken into account the current circumstances that surround South Tyneside, we feel we would be putting those people at risk by fulfilling the fixture.

“Supporters who purchased tickets will receive a full refund. We ask those to keep hold their ticket and await further information via our club website and social media platforms early next week.”