THE Wessex League have taken the "difficult decision" to postpone all their fixtures until mid-January, amid coronavirus concerns.

Following the introduction of new tiered restrictions across the region, some clubs in the divisions are now placed in the most severe tier four.

Therefore, the league have decided to call off festive fixtures with no games no due to take place until next month.

The decision will affect a host local clubs such as Christchurch, Hamworthy United, Poppies and Ringwood Town.

A statement from the Wessex League read: "With three clubs, a number of club officials, players and match officials based in tier four, there are concerns with the health and welfare of everyone involved in our league.

"Additionally, travel in and out of different tiers could be problematic.

"All clubs were asked if they were in favour of postponing, or continuing with fixtures during these difficult times. The majority of clubs answered that they were in favour of postponing - six clubs wished to continue with fixtures.

"The subject was discussed during last night's board meeting. The board made the difficult decision to postpone league and League Cup fixtures.

"This decision will be reviewed on January 18, 2021, however that may change subject to further announcements from the government, DCMS and the FA.

"The break from playing fixtures provides clubs with the opportunity to review and update their risk assessments if appropriate, revisit the COVID-19 regulations and remind management teams and squads of their responsibilities, individually and collectively."