FC CLACTON co-owner Stephen Andrews says the club's committee will meet to discuss how they move forward in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Like other non-league football clubs up and down the country, the Seasiders are counting the cost of the coronavirus pandemic which has resulted in the Thurlow Nunn League season being ended.

Andrews said: "Financially the club is stable but we rely on a few big end of season events in May and June to get funds in to see us over the season, most of which have already been cancelled so we will have to even more careful than usual going forward.

"Now is also the time when we would be talking to sponsors, but of course many businesses are closed or not in a position to commit financially, so this will also have an impact on budgets going forward.

"Of course the main thing is that everyone stays healthy and follows Government advice, that's all that matters tight now.

"Then, when it is safe and appropriate to do so, our Committee will meet to assess where we are and plan accordingly.

"Things will no doubt be a bit tougher, but we are very lucky to have amazing people involved and we will work something out - just as we have done every season since 1892!"

Andrews says their preparations for the 2020-21 youth season have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

He added: “By now our under-sixes group would have been split into teams, getting to know each other, preparing for the new season and, together with our other new teams, would be playing friendlies - all of which is on hold and we will all have to work hard to catch up before September when the youth season starts.”

FC Clacton are already planning towards next season.

If anyone would like to join at any age group, visit www.fcclacton.com, or contact Stephen Andrews on 07771 520157.

They would also like to hear from anyone interested in managing their youth sides and are always keen to hear from sponsors.