WORCESTER Raiders' league fixture with Smethwick Rangers tonight has been postponed due to covid concerns.

The West-Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division clash was due to go ahead at Sixways in front of 300 supporters but after positive cases within the Smethwick camp, the game has been called off.

Raiders haven't played for almost two months after their top of the table clash with Shifnal Town two weeks ago was also cancelled following the national lockdown, that time due to a waterlogged pitch.

Worcester will end the year second in the table with a game in hand over leaders Shifnal.

Chairman Steve Harris admits it's been a challenging end to 2020.

"It’s been a frustrating end to the year for us and everyone involved," he said.

"The groundsman have been working all day to clear the snow at Sixways to get the game on under difficult conditions and have done a terrific job but unfortunately it’s not to be.

"We’ve not had a league game now for nearly two months , we have an away game this Saturday which is already in doubt against Wolves Sporting who have had their recent game cancelled due to tier 3 restrictions enforced by local authorities not allowing fans in.

"I would like to thank everyone’s efforts this year at the club , and hopefully we can kick on again in 2021 and get promoted."

With a further update on the tier system expected today, it is being reported that Worcestershire could be one of a number of tier two areas to be bumped up into three or even tier four.

The implications of that could be fatal for non-league football, as a lot of clubs are already having to deal with the toughest restrictions and further changes on that front could well lead to another season suspension.

It remains an uncertain time for sport in general.