SPRING is usually synonymous with a final push for promotion, play-off places or a last-ditch effort to avoid relegation.

This weekend, however, was far different.

There were no fans. There were empty stadiums, locked away from prying eyes.

Football clubs are grappling with an unprecedented shutdown of play – they have become ghost towns.

The coronavirus effect has struck grassroots football hard.

Two Saturdays ago, Weymouth welcomed 1,578 people into the Bob Lucas Stadium for their 2-0 victory over Slough.

Now, the Terras’ home is completely deserted.

Dorchester witnessed a similar scene.

The Magpies’ concourse, usually littered with fans, had more daffodils growing nearby than spectators milling around on matchday.

Dorchester’s stadium, usually a hive of activity with almost daily events, has been closed for a week.

Portland United have also shut their turnstiles.

Basking in sunshine, their Weyline Stadium would usually host around 150 people on matchday.

Bridport’ St Mary’s Field still had their last home match chalked up on the board.

How long will we be without football? Only time will tell.


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