Whitchurch Alport manager, Luke Goddard, is already concerned that non-league clubs could potentially be financially crippled should the current season be curtailed once more.

He was speaking after the club experienced two postponements in quick succession – the away match at Irlam was cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch and Monday night’s scheduled home clash against Ashton Athletic had to be called off due to a coronavirus issue at Ashton.

Alport are lucky as in monetary terms they are in a stable position but with hardly any revenue streams other than match day income there would be obvious pinch points should the club suffer further postponements.

Goddard feels there are two options, with the first one more sensible of the two.

“What would keep lower league clubs alive more?” he said.

“Scrapping the season until the New Year or even altogether and giving small grants to clubs to help keep running costs down.

“Or carrying on like we are with games constantly postponed, restrictions on numbers, uncertainty of revenue, interest lost from supporters and volunteers and no chance of gaining momentum on or off the pitch – the list could go on.”

Goddard is convinced it’s going to be very much a stop – start campaign and wants fans to stick together starting with this Monday’s clash against Runcorn Town at the KMJ Mortgages Stadium

“I’m not convinced running with a season like we are is the answer with all the uncertainty,” added Goddard.

“I’m lucky enough to manage a club with a lot of ambition but ultimately keeping clubs like ours alive should be the priority.”

Goddard added: “We have to be prepared that we could be in this position for a very long time and I just hope everyone sticks at it and accepts there will be interruptions along the way.”

Before Monday night’s clash at the KMJ Mortgages Stadium, Alport travel to Oldham this weekend to take on Avro.