End-of-season cup competition dropped by South West Peninsula League

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The last hope that local amateur footballers might be able to salvage something from a second successive virus-hit season have been dashed 'with a heavy heart'.

That was was the phrase used by the board of the South West Peninsula League to describe their decision to drop the idea of an end-of-campaign cup competition - even though a big majority of their 40 clubs were ready to back it.

Thirty-two of the league's 40 teams - which include Brixham, Dartmouth, Stoke Gabriel, Newton Abbot Spurs and Bovey Tracey - had said they were interested in taking part.

But, despite some lockdown easing by the Government, the SWPL board decided that continuing restrictions on income from gate receipts and hospitality/refreshments would not be lifted soon enough to make it practical.

The decision has been received as a wise one, with most leagues at SWPL's level of the English 'pyramid' adopting a similar stance.