KEEP calm and carry on. That is the message from the National League, who, despite the threat of the coronavirus, have decided to play on regardless.

With all elite football in the country scrapped until April and many grassroots leagues postponing games too, hardly a ball will be kicked this weekend.

But the National League will continue, their decision being announced after a board meeting and it means Darlington’s home game with Farsley Celtic and Spennymoor Town’s fixture with Hereford will go ahead as planned.

A National League statement read: “Following a Board meeting held today, the National League has decided to allow matches in its three divisions to proceed as planned this weekend.

“The National League will keep the operation of its competition under constant and diligent review, and will remain in compliance with government advice at all times.

“The Football Association has offered its guidance, and made it clear the decision to continue or to suspend a competition is a matter for each league to make.

“The National League places the welfare and well-being of all those involved in and connected to its competition as the highest priority.

“All clubs and supporters are encouraged to stay up to date with the latest public health advice.”

It is not a decision that has been welcomed entirely, with an official involved with a National League club telling the Echo: “Do they not realise players, staff and volunteers are not immune to this virus? There is no consideration for anybody’s health. No players or staff have been asked for their view on the situation yet they’re the ones playing a contact sport.”

Harrogate Town’s National League game with Solihull Moors on Friday night was postponed. The Yorkshire club said: “We have four employees currently under self-isolation and we have a duty of care for the health and wellbeing of players, staff and supporters.”