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LEAGUE STATEMENT 24th February 2021

Press Release

The FA’s Alliance and Leagues Committees have now considered the large amount of data and information submitted by clubs across the National League System (NLS) Steps 3-6 as part of a survey to gather views on the continuation or conclusion of the 2020-21 league season, in addition to the information set out in the Government’s roadmap this week.

Submissions were made by 99.1% of clubs at Steps 3 and 4, and 95.8% of clubs at Steps 5 and 6. We would like to thank the clubs for submitting their views and the time taken in providing responses during what we appreciate is an incredibly challenging period for everyone.

The results of the survey showed that over 76% of all clubs across Steps 3-6 indicated a preference to curtail the 2020-21 league season if it could not be restarted with limited spectator numbers and hospitality before 1 April 2021.

During this process, taking into account views of clubs and leagues it was decided that extending the 2020-21 league season beyond the end of May 2021 would not be a viable option. This was due to various considerations, including the financial implications for many clubs, player contracts and the extent of the fixture scheduling issues caused by the national lockdown and various postponements which had resulted in there being 81% of matches left to complete for Steps 3 and 4, and 75% at Steps 5 and 6.

Taking into account the survey results and the ongoing impact of Covid-19, which continues to adversely affect incomes for clubs due to restrictions on both spectators and hospitality, The FA’s Alliance and Leagues Committees have reached a consensus that subject to the
approval of FA Council, the 2020-21 league season for Steps 3-6 of the NLS should be curtailed with immediate effect, with no further league matches taking place this season.

The Committees will now present their collective recommendations to The FA Council for ratification. It has also been decided that subject to FA Council’s decision regarding the curtailment of the season at Steps 3 to 6, both committees will revisit discussions around a potential restructure at Steps 4-6 of the NLS, which was previously agreed and has been on hold since the 2019-20 season. A further update on this will be provided in due course.

LEAGUE STATEMENT 12th January 2021


On 31st December I outlined than due to the national lockdown that all fixtures were suspended until at least at least the 31st January I can confirm that due to the current restrictions not being reviewed until the middle of February the Board have decided to further suspend fixtures until 28th February 2021.

We anticipate that the FA will be approaching us shortly to consult with all clubs tin order o gain a consensus on what all stakeholders feel is the most appropriate way to bring the 2020/21 season to a conclusion. If, and when, we receive it we will circulate it as soon as possible.

We will continue to review the situation in line with further Government announcements and update you accordingly.

Nigel Wood
Midland Football League


LEAGUE STATEMENT 31st December 2020

“All Fixtures On Hold”

Following yesterday’s announcement on the placing on the majority of MFL clubs in tier 4, meaning that all affected clubs cannot train or play matches, the Board have decided to immediately suspend all league fixtures until 31st January 2021.

We will continue to review the situation in line with further Government announcements and update you accordingly.

We at Tividale FC wish you all a much, much better 2021 

Christmas Hangover



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Date Time Competition Season
December 26, 2020 12:00 pm MFL Premier 2020-21

Midland Football League

Premier Division
Saturday 26th December 2020
Lye Town 3-1 Tividale

Christmas Hangover

Our proud unbeaten record was always going to end in a league of this quality. Yes we was disappointed that it ended against our neighbours. But what really hurt was the manner that it came. Due to a performance that can only be politely put as poor. You can not come up against any team and produce the first half effort that we did without ending up in serious trouble.

Manager Dave King had Adam Garmson back from his 3 game suspension but Jacob Barnes was available and he could not start Liam Wilkinson due to an illness putting him on the bench. Dan Bryson came in for Barnes. Garmson resumed his partnership with Dan Smith up front, allowing Darragh Bustin to take the Wilkinson position in the middle of the park. The other change from the impressive performance against Khalsa 4 days earlier was Elliott Hartley replacing Brad Welding at left wing back.

Lye were at it from the off and the warning bells should have been loud and clear after just 4 minutes when a Colin Smith shot was deflected wide for a Lye corner. The hosts were ahead 3 minutes later when an attempted Joe Hawkins clearance struck the back of a fellow defender dropped at the feet of Smith and he casually chipped Tividale keeper Adam Harrison.

Tividale’s first effort on goal came on 14 minutes from Bustin when his free kick was headed clear. Two minutes later and Lye doubled their lead. Some poor defending was punished when a Smith shot beat Harrison but came back off the post. Fellow striker Jordan Harrison was the first to react and smacked home the rebound. Lye were threatening to run away with it and Harrison may feel he should have done better on 23 minutes when he shot wide.

Tividale just could not get started as Lye dominated the midfield and their front three of Smith, Harrison and Sammy Prince were able to run freely at the Tividale defence. The visitors frustration culminated in some petty free kicks.

Smith had another chance in the 43rd minute when he was put through on the Tividale goal but this time Harrison was equal to his shot and pulled off a comfortable save. Tividale did have the final chance of the half when in the 45th minute a Bustin shot was deflected for a corner after he was put through by Hartley

That was the end of the first half action. A half one team was glad was over and the other side wished it could have carried on.

Half Time:- Lye Town 2-0 Tividale

Tividale made a change at half time, bringing on Wilkinson for Lewis McPike. McPike could have felt unlucky as anyone of the 10 outfield players could have been substituted on the first half performance.

The visitors had to raise their game and in the 50th minute they were back in the game. A ball into the Lye penalty area and Lye skipper Joe Colley went crashing into the back of Bustin and there was not a lot of home side complaints as the referee pointed immediately to the spot. Carter placed the ball on the spot and beat Lye keeper Ben Newey and halved the deficit. Garmson then made space for a shot in the 53rd minute but his effort went straight at Newey.

On 63 minutes in a spell of Tividale dominance, the visitors thought they had levelled when Carter headed home a Bustin cross. But the assistant raised his flag immediately and the goal was wiped off.

Tividale were now putting the Lye back line under pressure but never really worked Newey and as shown in the first half they had to be wary of being hit on the counter. And on 77 minutes that was what happened. Lye Sub Brad Lawley found Prince wide on the right and his turn of pace took him past the Tividale defence. He then cut in and beat the onrushing Harrison with an excellent finish.

From thinking they had got the game back to parity to then going back to a 2 goal deficit took the momentum out of Tividale while it settled Lye down and apart from a Garmson free kick that again Newey collected comfortably the game meandered to a close and a well deserved Lye Town win.

Tividale have the chance to get back on track against Gresley Rovers in their next game but whatever happens then, they will still be feeling the disappointment of this Boxing Day derby loss

Full Time:- Lye Town 3-1 Tividale

Tividale: 1. Adam Harrison, 2. Tom Hurdman (15. Will Rawlins 77), 3. Darragh Bustin, 4. Dan Bryson, 5. Joe Hawkins, 6. Matt Hunt (c), 7. Lewis McPike (12. Liam Wilkinson 46), 8. Elliott Hartley (14. Cameron Milne 77), 9. Dan Smith, 10. Adam Garmson, 11. Luke Carter

Unused Subs: 13. Peter Hawk 16. Brad Welding