Singleton Strikers remain sidelined after Northern League One season's return date pushed back to May 31

LEFT WAITING: Singleton's leading scorer for season 2020 Joel Barner will have to wait until May 31 before his return following today's announcemnt by Football Federation Australia.
LEFT WAITING: Singleton's leading scorer for season 2020 Joel Barner will have to wait until May 31 before his return following today's announcemnt by Football Federation Australia.

The resumption of the New FM Northern League One season, which features local soccer club Singleton Strikers, has been put on hold until May 31 in compliance with the sport's governing body.

Official statement (Football Federation Australia):

Football Federation Australia today advised that, in light of ongoing developments since its original announcement, including stricter measures imposed by the Federal Government in response to COVID-19, the temporary suspension to sanctioned grassroots football competitions and associated training would remain in place until at least May 31, 2020.

The initial return date was set at April 14.

However the 27 day postponement, set on Tuesday, March 17, was announced when Australia's COVID-19 case total was at 453.

LEFT IN THE DARK: The wait will continue before the Singleton Strikers, led by skipper Hayden Nicol, return to the park.

LEFT IN THE DARK: The wait will continue before the Singleton Strikers, led by skipper Hayden Nicol, return to the park.

Fast forward 15 days later and that figure has now grown to 4,862 while the Hunter New England Health region has also sky-rocketed from 13 to 208 cases in the same time frame.

The Singleton Strikers opened the season with a 3-1 defeat to Cessnock at Turner Park before climbing back up the table with a scoreless draw to West Wallsend.

Weston recruit Joel Barner remains the side's leading scorer.