FOOTBALL over the weekend was hit by Covid-19 with Basingstoke Town, Hartley Wintney, AFC Aldermaston and the Saturday and Sunday District League games, expect for one all postponed.

This was due to the Southern League which Basingstoke and Hartley play in calling a halt to games until a further league meeting on March 20.

Aldermaston who play in the Hellenic League have had their games cancelled by the league until March 31.

The Basingstoke and District Saturday and Sunday Leagues have suspended their league fixtures until the weekend of April 4/5, but have extended their season until the last weekend of May.

The Wessex League management committee are holding a meeting this evening to decided if to suspend their fixtures.

Basingstoke Town manager Dan Brownlie posted a message on the club's website as follows "This wasn’t a message I expected to write over the course of the season and I hope it finds everyone healthy and well.

"Whilst it is of course disappointing to not be playing; we completely understand the difficult decision the league faced this weekend and in this unprecedented moment the health and safety of everyone is of much much greater importance.

"As football is placed on hold for a moment, its an opportunity to once again thank you for all the support you have shown the boys so far this season; and we’re looking forward to welcoming you all back as soon as it is safe to do so.

"The boys are doing alright; and whilst there are a couple of illnesses in the camp; they have followed the correct procedure and we don’t believe them to be corona related. We’ll just have to make sure everyone is being sensible and offer support where we can and continue to follow the advice outlined by health professionals.

"On behalf of the club and all the boys; we hope everyone is looking after themselves as well as you possibly can and for anyone affected by the situation we hope for a safe, full and speedy recovery."