The following statement is from the FA following our repeated requests for the COVID situation to be taken into regard with player, team and local safety.
The FA Statement in full "In accordance with the attached communication sent to all Clubs on 20 November and FA Trophy Rule 11 of the Competition Rules also attached, any postponed match in the Third Round Proper must be played within the five day postponement window (on or before 24 December) and there will be no flexibility for a postponed match to be rescheduled beyond this date.
As communicated to your Club yesterday it was confirmed that DCMS are content that all Buildbase FA Trophy Third Round Proper fixtures can continue to be played, as scheduled, under the attached FA Trophy Protocol, which is in line with the latest DCMS guidance for elite sport.
As your Club have now confirmed to The FA in the email below that you will not be fulfilling the fixture this evening you are deemed to have forfeited the match your opponents will progress to the next round.
Maidstone United are copied in on this email to make them aware of your decision and that they will now receive a walkover to the next round."
For clarity to our supporters, we have not chosen to forfeit our match. We have been removed for asking for a postponement due to the now UK wide safety concerns. We disagree with the FA's decision to remove us at this point and will continue to ask for further discussions.