Durham City WILL go to the ball
A bank holiday weekend is a long time in football, to paraphrase a few, and the last few days have been tumultutious for Durham City. On Thursday evening Mark Carruthers reported in the Sunderland Echo that one of the City players had returned a postive Covid-19 test. Following FA protocol, the team were expected to quarantine for 14 days, meaning the rearrangement of their opening Northern League fixtures and the forfeiture of their FA Cup Extra Preliminary tie away to Sunderland RCA.
On Sunday night however, the club released a statement confirming they had conducted Coronavirus tests and had secured enough negative results to allow them to register 11 players and therefore take part in the cup tie. With a registration deadline of noon on 31 August, City are hoping for more negative test results in allow further registrations.
With a number of the squad having never met or trained together, City are the firm underdogs against a settled side from a higher division, but this is the FA Cup after all so they will be hoping for an upset. With an influx of Dutch and French players to the squad under the tutelage of Didier Agathe, it is certain to be an entertaining season for Durham City, one way or another.