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Fakenham Town's FA Vase tie off following Tier Four coronavirus rules extension

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Fakenham Town's historic FA Vase run has been put on hold this afternoon after all matches were halted due to coronavirus restrictions.

The Ghosts reached the fourth round of the competition for the first time in their history earlier this month, when they beat Milton Keynes Irish on penalties at the Daly Stadium.

But the FA has now postponed all scheduled fixtures after Tier Four restrictions, where no non-elite sporting activity is permitted, were extended to cover around 75 per cent of England's population yesterday.

Fakenham Town will have to wait to return to FA Vase action.
Fakenham Town will have to wait to return to FA Vase action.

A memo from the governing body to participating clubs, which has been shared widely on social media, said the remaining third round games, plus all fourth round matches, couldn't take place in line with current government guidelines.

It continued: "These fixtures shall therefore be postponed, with a new date to be confirmed.

"We will continue working closely with the relevant parties to ensure these fixtures can be rescheduled as soon as it is safe to do so.

"We thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation during these challenging times."

Fakenham were originally scheduled to host either Deal Town or Binfield in the fourth round on Saturday, January 9.

They have still to play their third round tie after the original fixture was postponed 12 days ago due to coronavirus issues in the Binfield squad.

Kent was moved into tier four restrictions the day after the original December 19 date, meaning plans to play the game last Sunday had to be halted.

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