Bedford Town have confirmed that they have withdrawn from this season’s FA Trophy following “several” positive COVID-19 tests earlier this week.
The Eagles had been due to play National League North side, Alfreton Town this Saturday, a game that had already been rearranged from earlier in the week following a single positive COVID test in the Bedford ranks.
However, with a lot of the squad now unavailable, Bedford Town have been left with no choice but to withdraw, allowing their Derbyshire opponents a bye into the next round.
As well as a lot of the playing squad, one member of the management team has also tested positive, leaving upcoming games in the balance.
The news was reported via Bedford Town’s social media accounts last night:
“The club understand how frustrating this must be for our supporters, having enjoyed much success on the road in the FA Trophy this season.”
“However, as a club, we have agreed that the safety of our team, club and society as a whole must come first, hence our decision to withdraw from the competition.”
The team will be hopeful everyone will have recovered in time for the resumption of the league schedule in the new year, when the Eagles travel to Wantage Town on 12th January.
With the vast majority of the league still to be completed, it could end up being a hectic 2021 for the Eagles, along with their opponents in the Southern League.
However, the club misses out on more much-needed prize money with their FA Trophy withdrawal, as well as the opportunity to pit themselves against National League opposition.