Following a league committee meeting on Monday evening, Bristol Manor Farm can confirm that the 2020/21 Western Counties Floodlight Youth League season has been declared null and void.
A statement was released by The FA on the official website this afternoon announcing the following:
“We have therefore decided to make a decision now as to wait only gives more uncertainty to clubs. That decision is to null and void the season now.
“The Roger Stone Cup has 17 fixtures to play although two ties remain from the 1st Round. At this point in time we would like the competition to continue but recognise the current lockdown and Tier system might prevent this. We will review that decision later.
“We would like to take this opportunity of thanking you all for your patience during these difficult times. In taking the decision now means we can have a full season in 2021/22 starting in late August.”
You can read the full statement on The FA website here.
Despite the disappointing news regarding the decision to null and void the season, U18’s Manager Junior Soper was full of praise for the dedication that his players have shown throughout this difficult period – in particular Captain, JoJo Pickering.
“Since last summer, the lads have shown me that they possess real quality on the pitch; and have been first-class off the field too.
“They continue to be led exceptionally by the Captain, JoJo, who has taken the role in his stride and is a huge credit to the club.”
Last month, Bristol Manor Farm welcomed exciting prospect Acey Mead to The Creek; and Manager Soper believes that he can make a ‘big impact’ for his U18 side.
“He’s a prolific goalscorer and a top, top quality player,” Soper expressed.
“He joins the club with a lot of pedigree, and when you watch him play you will see that he makes a big impact in games. He can put the ball in the back of the net, and I think he’s someone who will give us another look going forward.
“He’s already performed for Bridgwater Town U18’s by playing and scoring goals on Saturday afternoons. If you look at his development over the past 12 to 18 months, he’s grown massively as a youth player and certainly fits the mould that we look for in players.”