Gulls players NOT having Covid tests after Chesham staff report positive results

Gary Warren of Torquay United walks out onto the pitch before the FA Trophy First Round match betwee

Gary Warren walks out onto the pitch before the FA Trophy First Round match between Chesham United and Torquay United at The Meadow, Chesham on Saturday, December 15. - Credit: Micah Crook/PPAUK

Torquay United's players and staff are NOT being forced to undergo emergency Covid-19 testing after Chesham United - whom the Gulls beat 1-0 in the FA Trophy on Saturday - reported several ‘positive’ results.

Buckinghamshire side Chesham revealed on Sunday that three members of their ‘footballing staff’ had tested positive after feeling unwell.

They did not reveal who in their camp is infected, but none of them is understood to have been at the game on Saturday.

The Gulls, who have liaised with the National League on the matter, issued a statement today.

It said that there was no cause for concern and reported that all players and staff are well after doing the usual self-assessment and temperature tests before training.

Plainmoor has so far avoided any ‘positive’ test results during the pandemic, and United take a six-point lead at the top of the National League into the first of key Christmas/New Year games against Yeovil Town at home on Boxing Day.

Torquay’s Devon neighbours Exeter City are undergoing a round of tests after one of their players returned a ‘positive’, forcing the cancellation of a planned friendly game on Monday against Tiverton Town.

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The news from Chesham came amid additional concern about rising cases of a new variant strain of Covid-19 in the Home Counties.