HOLLAND FC are set to get back to action in a series of friendlies - and show their appreciation to the NHS in the process.

The non-league football season at Steps 3-6 was curtailed with immediate effect last month, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

That means that the likes of Holland FC and FC Clacton have played their last competitive match in the Thurlow Nunn League 2020/21 season.

However, first division south outfit Holland have now arranged some derby friendlies to finish the end of a very short campaign, where they played only seven games before it was prematurely ended.

Holland will meet Pitching In League division north side Witham Town on April 17.

And the Jaffas will then follow that up with a game against first division south rivals Harwich and Parkeston on April 24, before playing the Shrimpers again on May 1.

Holland are also hoping to arrange a midweek friendly against Little Oakley, with a date set to be arranged.

The local clubs will allow NHS or care staff to attend the upcoming friendly games free of charge.

They will also donate a percentage of their gate to NHS to give their support and say a big thank you for their hard work, throughout this pandemic.

Holland chairman Mark Sorrell said: “It will be great to get back to football and welcome back supporters to our local grounds and show our appreciation to the NHS along the way.

“Please come and enjoy some local football open.”

The Thurlow Nunn League confirmed to its clubs that they will not be organising any senior football competitions before the start of the 2021/22 season.

Fewer than a third of the league’s clubs expressed an interest in taking part in competitive matches during the April/May period and several of these have issues with pitch availability.

Uncertainty remains around admittance of spectators, secondary spend and non-local travel.

But the likes of Holland, FC Clacton and Halstead Town have expressed an interest in playing friendlies.