Dulwich Hamlet report ‘multiple’ positive tests for Covid-19 as more games postponed

Sports Desk (06 January, 2021)

National League South has seen fixture chaos after numerous postponements

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Dulwich Hamlet have confirmed “multiple” positive tests for Covid-19 in their squad with players and coaching staff in self-isolation until Friday, January 8.

The Hamlet said the game against Hampton & Richmond Borough on December 28 was identified as the “most likely” source of the outbreak.

Dulwich had plans to reschedule their game against Maidstone United for Tuesday this week but they had to be shelved. Their fixture against Slough Town this Saturday has been postponed.

Their next scheduled match in National League South is at Billericay Town on Saturday, January 16.

It has been a season as chaos in the division, with some teams having played six more games than others due to multiple postponements.

In a statement, the club said: “After confirming multiple positive tests for Covid-19 within the Dulwich Hamlet squad, the plans to bring forward a fixture against Tonbridge Angels to last Saturday were cancelled, and the upcoming game on Saturday, January 9 against Slough Town has been postponed.

“Plans which were also underway to reschedule an earlier postponed game against Maidstone United for this week have also been cancelled.

“After working closely with the National League our game at Hampton & Richmond Borough on December 28 was identified as the event which was the most likely source of the outbreak and therefore the period of full isolation for the club will extend to all playing and coaching staff in attendance at that game and will run until Friday, January 8.

“The club will then need to observe the mandatory 48 hour window at the end of the isolation period before returning to action, hence the postponement of the Slough Town fixture the following day.

“The return to training and games will be dependent on continuing to track any cases in the playing squad and the safe return of those affected.

“Further updates will be provided as the situation evolves and we send our best to our players who have tested positive, and thank Tonbridge Angels, Maidstone United and Slough Town for their understanding.

“We would also like to thank the medical and safety officials at the National League for their quick and effective response.”

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