Lancing will have to be patient over FA Vase run

Lancing’s FA Vase campaign is on hold – along with the rest of the local football scene.

Thursday, 7th January 2021, 1:30 pm
Updated Friday, 8th January 2021, 10:08 am
Lancing have made good progress in the FA Vase this season / Picture: Stephen Goodger

The Lancers had been looking forward to welcoming Flackwell Heath to Culver Road for their Vase fourth round tie this Saturday with a place in the last 16 at stake.

But although the FA has been trying hard to protect its knckout competitions and keep them going, nationwide lockdown restrictions have put paid to hopes of keeping the Vase show on the road, at least for now.

A Lancing spokesman said: “We had confirmed by the FA that our fourth round tie has been postponed, along with all other Vase fixtures.

“So the intention is for it to be played, but at a later date. However as we know the future of fixtures and this season is very unpredictable.”

It’s a similarly gloomy outlook in the Southern Combination League, whose teams have been out of action since the weekend before Christmas, as we have reported.

SCFL bosses were involved in a weekend phone conference with officials from other step five and six leagues at which the latest hold-up was discussed - along with what can and should be done to salvage the season.

Their hands are tied in terms of getting matches restarted until the government eases Covid restrictions .

Officials fear the 20-21 season will be very difficult to finish naturally if matches cannot restart by early March - and then, as at other levels, the question will be: How do we decide promotion and relegation?