BRENDON King fears cramming matches in to complete the Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division season could be exhausting “physically and mentally” for his Portland United team.

Grassroots football is currently suspended following government advice on mass gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Wessex League officials have so far given no specific timeframe for a return to action.

The FA has postponed the professional game until Thursday, April 30 but King cannot see the Blues restarting their league before then – Portland still have 11 games to play.

King told Echosport: “It’s alright the top levels playing two or three times a week.

“You look at our level, with people working and commitments and all that sort of stuff.

“If they do continue our league and you’re playing two, three, four times a week to get the season finished, it’s asking an awful lot of people. One, with commitment, two physically and mentally. I don’t know what’s going to go on. We’ll just have to play it by ear and see what the craic is.”

With the break in play effectively creating a second pre-season, King revealed the Blues’ squad has been asked to train individually.

He said: “The Football League has gone to April 30th now, so I don’t know if it will follow suit at our level.

“I can’t see us coming back before the professional game. We’ve just told the lads to keep ticking over, albeit it’s quite difficult.

“A few of them had been going to the gym. We’re telling them to go out and do some running on their own.

“We’ll have to see once we get given some sort of green light, hopefully we get back in, get together and start again.”