Fuel supply: Non-league football matches hit by shortages

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Some petrol stations have seen long lines despite the Government stating that there is no shortage of fuel.

Due to fuel shortages in certain areas, more than 35 non-league football matches were postponed.

Matches in both the Isthmian League (the tiers below National League) and the Southern League (the tiers above the National League) have been called off.

Fuel-related problems have also caused the postponement of the entire Southern Combination Football League programme in the ninth and tenth tiers.

After some filling stations had to close because of a shortage in delivery drivers, fuel demand has increased.

Seventeen of the nine games scheduled for Tuesday's Premier Division of the Isthmian League were canceled, while at least four of the Southern League's same-level matches have been postponed.

"The coach company that we use has access to fuel. That's not the problem. "Getting players to the coach was the biggest problem," Phil Crowe, general manager of Isthmian league East Thurrock United, told BBC Radio 5 Live.

His squad was due to travel to Margate to play in the Isthmian League Premier Division. They had been unable to make it to Haringey Borough on Saturday because of fuel issues.

"We were supposed to leave at 4pm. With increased traffic problems due to people trying to get gas, we just felt it was an unnecessary pressure on our players and team on Tuesday night."