Fylde friendly in doubt following Covid announcement

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Rovers’ friendly at AFC Fylde is in doubt after the National League North club announced the cancellation of their friendly with Barnsley.

Fylde have released a statement this evening confirming that their fixture with Rovers’ Championship rivals has been postponed due to restrictions placed on them by the Director of Public Health.

The statement on the official AFC Fylde Website reads: “The Club has made the difficult decision to postpone Tuesday’s home pre-season friendly against Barnsley due to Covid-19 restrictions placed on us by the Director of Public Health at very short notice.”

“This afternoon the Club has now received a directive highlighting the need for a mandatory negative Covid test to be evidenced for entry into the stadium. Any fans who may have recently attended Wembley Stadium for the England matches will know what a complex operation this is and how difficult it is for both stewards and fans alike.

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“To comply properly, this would require extensive planning to implement this system, which is not possible for a club of our size, and therefore regrettably we have had to postpone the match.”

Fylde have confirmed that an update on ticketing for Rovers’ friendly will be provided early next week, leaving supporters of both clubs unsure what will be happening.

Tony Mowbray’s men are set to travel to Mill Farm next Saturday (10 July), with a small group of Rovers fans having purchased tickets to see the team live for the first time in sixteen months, with supporters not admitted since the pandemic began.

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