FOOTBALL clubs across the region are nervously awaiting news about whether they will have to suspend matches.

On Saturday evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a four-week national lockdown in an attempt curb the spread of Covid-19.

Restrictions start on Thursday and while it has been confirmed elite football will continue during the lockdown period, the impact on the amateur and semi-professional game remains unclear.

At this time, it appears likely that competitions below the National League North and South will be asked to pause fixtures, but guidance is still being drawn up.

An FA statement in reaction to the announcement read: "We acknowledge the government announcement today regarding COVID-19 restrictions and are awaiting further information before we can confirm how this may affect non-elite football across England.

"We will communicate any necessary updates in due course."