Following the recent precaution of cancelling the scheduled pre-season home friendlies against Chesham United and Welling United, the club have arranged a home friendly against Enfield Borough FC for Tuesday 15th September (7.45pm). This match will be a wider Town squad fixture, with standard entry at £5 and U16s accompanying a standard ticketholder at £1. Society members will have the opportunity to apply for online tickets for a short period over the next day or so, before they go on general public sale (announcements to follow in due course).
This match will not involve the members of Town’s first team squad who are self-isolating following the emergence of a recent case of a positive Covid-19 test. It is likely, however, to include a number of other senior squad players supplemented by some promising Under 18s, as Andy Leese and his management team seek to make their final touches to the squad before our first competitive fixture against Lewes, again at the QEII Stadium, on 19th September. Ticket arrangements for the Lewes match will also be announced shortly.
As mentioned at the recent virtual Society members’ meeting, the club have taken a number of comprehensive precautions to make the QEII Stadium safe, particularly with regard to social distancing. In view of the tightening of social distancing measures announced by the government recently, Butler’s Bar will remain closed. All spectators need to be fully aware that attendance at the match will be entirely at their own risk. You must follow government guidelines and self-diagnose before travelling to the QEII Stadium. If you, or any of your household, are experiencing any symptoms which may be related to Covid-19, you should not travel and should follow NHS advice. At the Stadium you agree to respect others, abide with social distancing guidelines and measures that the club have put in place, and follow all advice given by ETFC stewards. This is very important as the club considers increasing numbers at future matches.
The Enfield Borough friendly will now serve as the club’s necessary Covid-19 precautions “pilot” fixture, and lessons from the experience will be taken fully on board for the Lewes league fixture the following Saturday.