Longlevens and their manager Craig Martin have been given the all clear to resume playing after Martin and one of his players have had precautionary Covid-19 tests come back as negative.
Martin, who has confirmed with Severn Sport that is happy to be named as one of the two who had the scare in order to highlight the process that everyone will need to follow, had developed symptoms over the last 48 hours.
He and the player took tests on Tuesday but due to the turn around time for a result it was mutually agreed by Longlevens, Tuffley Rovers and the Hellenic League to postpone Tuesday night’s fixture. This is because had the result come back as positive then the whole Longlevens squad would need to self isolate and be tested.
Severn Sport spoke to Martin about the process and how he is feeling following the scare.
“I’m still not 100% and will be taking the rest of the week off work,” Martin said.
“It’s a very strange situation when becoming ill at this moment in time because you do worry and take more precautions than normal, but then you’ve also got to take in a lot of consideration for players and officials from Longlevens and opposition for games- as well as the officials.
It wasn’t ideal postponing last night’s game, in particular after resting a few on Saturday for the game – but I believe the right decision was made by the club, Tuffley and a special mention to Brian King who sped the process through after the league had not responded from an email that was sent the evening before,” Martin added.
The negative tests now mean that Longlevens can continue in their preparations for the arrival of Binfield to Saw Mills on Saturday and Martin admits he expects it to be a very tough task for his side.
“I expect this to be a very tough task, but this is one of the freebies for us as there are three or fours teams in this league that we know we are not expected to be anywhere near and going in as underdogs takes all the pressure off the boys.
We know what to expect from Binfield and after the way they have started, we know it’s going to be a tough day at the office – but one that will see the boys give everything they can to try and get a result,” added Martin.
Longlevens welcome Binfield to Saw Mills in the Hellenic Premier on Saturday 26th September; kick off 15:00.