In a bitter blow at the start of the Dorset Premier League season for Swanage Town and Herston Football Club, it’s been announced that a first team player has got coronavirus.
This means that the Swan’s league opener has been postponed, along with the next two games on Saturday 12th and 19th September 2020.
Corfe Castle has also had to call its games off
The player with coronavirus, was in the Swanage squad that faced Corfe Castle Football Club last Tuesday 1st September 2020, so Corfe Castle has also had to call off its next three league games.
All the players in both teams who played in the Tuesday friendly, will now have to self-isolate for 14 days. This means that during this period, they will not be able to leave their homes to go to work or to visit friends and family.
“Feeling unwell on Wednesday morning”
In a statement the club said:
“Swanage Town and Herston’s Dorset Premier League match with Shaftesbury Town Reserves, scheduled for Saturday September 5th, has been postponed after a Swanage player returned a positive COVID-19 test.
“The player played in Tuesday night’s friendly win over Corfe Castle at Day’s Park and after feeling unwell on Wednesday morning was subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.
“Corfe Castle has been informed of the player testing positive, as well as the Dorset Premier League and Dorset County Football Association. This means that Corfe’s match against Balti Sports scheduled for Saturday September 5, has also been postponed.
“The club will be making no further comment on this matter.”
“14 day isolation period”
The Dorset Premier League has confirmed that the matches for the next two Saturdays have also been postponed alongside this weekend’s game. It said:
“Swanage and Corfe Castle fixtures for both 12th and 19th September will now be postponed as they are within or just after the 14 day isolation period.”
Huge disappointment to the club
This comes as a huge disappointment to the club, as the first team had started the season well, winning the game against Corfe Castle 5-2 and defeating Wareham in the Haxell Cup with a 5-1 away win.