The Bay Plastics Northern Football Alliance is set to host a number of festive fixtures in late December, early January, for the first time a many a year.

Member clubs were asked at the start of the 2020-21 campaign as to whom would be interested in playing on the two, scheduled dates of Monday December 28 and Saturday January 2.

In what has been a difficult year all round, due to an ongoing, global pandemic, the Northern Alliance, like other leagues, was cut short back in March and, having started the current campaign later than usual, would see a temporary halt to proceedings throughout November.

Due to the majority of its member clubs playing their home matches on either council, or school-owned, football pitches, the league had little option but to restart on the first available Saturday this month, December 5 in order to fit in remaining league games, hence the optional, festive matches.

“This year, more than any, we’re looking to grasp every opportunity,” a league spokesperson said.

“Although there’s not a lot of fixtures, it’s better than nothing at all, as we don’t usually play matches around this time of year.

“It’s an unusual step for us to take but the calendar has fallen kindly in order to be ab le to do it.”

Over the two, scheduled, festive dates, nineteen matches have been scheduled consisting of four in the Bay Plastics Premier Division, five in the Reeves Independent First Division, three in the Team Valley Carpets Second Division, and the most seeing seven in the Bluefin Sports Insurance Third Division.

At present, matches scheduled for the Monday are scheduled for an 11am kick-off, whilst the Saturday matches will the usual 2pm; however, these could be subject to change closer to match-day.

Note that, due to current government guidelines in regard the ongoing pandemic, and should spectators be allowed, then social distancing, mask wearing, the rule-of-six and mixing of households will still apply (as per kick-off times, further information will be released closer to the time).

Please check with the individual clubs, and the Northern Alliance social media channels for regular updates – website Facebook and Twitter