Yesterday (Wednesday 30th December) it was announced that Cornwall would be placed in Tier 3 of Covid-19 restrictions. This would have meant that football for the Ashes could still be played, but without spectators.
As a result, the South West Peninsula League (Ashes firsts) announced the immediate suspension of all fixtures under their control. The leagues decision was based on the burden put on club officials’ volunteers and supporters of every club in the league, and also the financial implications of playing matches behind closed doors. Shortly after, the St Piran League (Ashes Reserves), the Duchy League (Ashes Thirds) and the Cornwall Women’s Football League (Ashes Women) followed suit.
Yesterday evening, the Cornwall Football Association announced that there would be no pressure for clubs to fulfil Cornwall Senior Cup fixture obligations on Saturday 2nd January 2021, when our first team were due to take on Holmans SC at Kimberley Stadium. Discussions had been taking place overnight about completing this fixture.
This morning the CFA announced a suspension of those fixtures on 2nd January. That meant that all Ashes senior men’s teams’ fixtures were suspended with immediate effect and as a result, the tough decision was made to also close the Ashes Bar Clubhouse until further notice.
In summary, there will be no games for any of our senior teams with immediate effect and the Ashes Bar will remain closed for the time being. We will of course keep all of our supporters updated with any changes as the Government, the FA, the DCMS and our leagues officials update us.
Chairman Dave Bishop commented:
During this time, we would like to extend our well wishes to our loyal supporters, including volunteers, staff and fellow clubs. Please stay safe, abide by the rules and do everything we can to get our game back on at our club.