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Along with the rest of the footballing world Bridgwater Town FC are treading water while carefully preparing Fairfax Park for the tentative return of the game next week with the first pre-season friendlies behind closed doors.
While joint bosses Dave Pearse and Karl Baggaley continue to build their squad for the new campaign, behind the scenes there is a small army making sure that the club are compliant with government legislation, and more importantly, keeping everyone safe and virus free.
Because of that, the club is forced to keep the gates shut on Tuesday Aug 4 when Toolstation Western League Division One side Wincanton Town bring a side over and also the other friendlies at Fairfax Park against Weston-Super-Mare (Aug 7), Somerton Town (Aug 11), Bodmin Town (Aug 22) and Helston Athletic (Aug 26).
Club vice-chairman Bob Buckingham explained: “All the pre-season games will be closed to our supporters as per the guidelines, but we fervently hope that when the competitive stuff starts on September 1 we will be able to welcome them back, as well as visiting fans also.”
Players and match officials will be asked to arrive changed as the dressing rooms will not be opened and the clubhouse and café are both staying closed until instructed otherwise. The ground is being prepared for the return of supporters who will see that social distancing measures will be evident all around but despite the dos and don’ts there is an air of relief and anticipation after such a prolonged spell.
Predictions that the FA cup competitions may only be staged for the bigger clubs made early in the lockdown have happily proved off the mark as the FA have issued a statement of their own saying that those clubs who have been accepted into the competitions will be told this Monday and the draws will follow soon after.
As a Step five club, the Robins are already accepted into the draw for the extra-preliminary round on Tuesday, September 1 followed by the opening league game on the following Saturday. Future rounds of the Cup and Vase are provisionally:
FA Cup Preliminary Round: Saturday, September 12
1st Qualifying Round: Tuesday, September 22
FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round: Saturday, September 19
2nd Qualifying Round: Saturday, October 10.
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