DARLINGTON have been told that the National League North season will restart on the weekend of February 6 - but there is still no indication on how any restart will be funded.

Quakers, along with Spennymoor Town, Gateshead, York City and all the other National League North and South clubs, received an Email early yesterday morning saying that fixtures will restart on Saturday week, but the message contained no details on funding.

The league season was suspended last week when an issue arose over £11m of funding which the clubs took to be in the form of grants, but the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said was as loans. However, clubs don't want to take on a six-figure debt. The first three months of the season were financed by grants.

Nigel Huddleston, from the DCMS, said: "“The National League has already benefited from the Government support schemes through a £10m Government-brokered cash partnership with the National Lottery.

“With precious public money, we are providing support to the National League in the form of loans".

However, he also added that National League clubs "can apply for grants if their imminent future is at risk and loans are unaffordable."

Last night, clubs were awaiting official clarification from the National League about the issue.

Quakers are due to be in FA Trophy action on February 6 against Wealdstone, so if the National League resumption goes as planned, their first league game will be at home to York City on Tuesday, February 9.

Spennymoor are due at Telford United on the same day.