Evo-Stik Premier League extends season due to fixture pile-up

GAME ON: Ossett Town's match at Curzon Ashton is set to go ahead tonight.
GAME ON: Ossett Town's match at Curzon Ashton is set to go ahead tonight.

The Evo-Stik Premier League has decided to extend its season by a week due to an ever-increasing fixture pile-up.

Ossett Albion, Ossett Town and Wakefield FC will now all finish their respective campaigns on Saturday, May 4 instead of Saturday, April 27 to allow more time to complete their fixture schedule.

The weather over winter has played havoc with the non-league fixture list and the snowfall over the weekend has resulted in a decision being confirmed to extend the season.

“The League Board are mindful of the many factors both for and against extending the season by one week,” said a statement from the Evo-Stik Premier League.

“It is however with a responsibility to the welfare of players, extensive midweek travelling and spectators getting to games that reluctantly the decision has been made to extend the season to include a full round of fixtures on Saturday 4th May.

“This decision has not been taken lightly and must not been seen as a precedent for future seasons when perhaps a global disruption such as this season will not be an issue.”

Ossett Albion have eleven matches to squeeze in before the end of the season, with some teams having even more matches left to play without taking account the possibility of more postponements.

Only one Evo-Stik Premier League went ahead at the weekend, between FC United of Manchester and Blyth Spartans.

Ossett Town visit Curzon Ashton tonight (kick-off 7.45pm) after the match was given the green light to played by the hosts this morning.