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Referee shortage but beware message from League

No ref but matches must be played

It may be the start of a new season and everyone is raring to go but a number of matches could be without official referee cover this weekend. Yet the show must go on and the matches played.

Where a referee is unavailable or fails to show, under League rules both clubs have to agree on a substitute.

For various reasons the number of refs currently available is on the limit, and appointments secretary Terry Atkins says he has no authority to prevent higher leagues taking away officials.

Whenever possible he will make clubs aware that they may have no referee and the website will be updated accordingly.

Terry would welcome former referees helping him out as the season gets under way and if they wish to contact him then his nos are

01392 438097 mobile 07913 596617,

or email

Thursday 17th September 2020