There have been no further statements from either the Southern League or the FA. We are still waiting to receive the survey which clubs are due to be sent by the FA asking our views on how the season should end.

The second instalment of the January Interviews sees football commentator, non-league expert and Football Manager researcher Ollie Bayliss join Marac and I for a Zoom Call. Firstly, Ollie reacts to the big news of the increasingly likely possibility of the Step 3 and 4 seasons being declared null and void following a statement from the Trident Leagues. We then discuss all things non-league football- transfers, journeymen, TV coverage, and grounds. The impact of Covid on our local sides is examined, and we find out about Ollie’s work for Football Manager.

Up next is Boreham Wood starlet and former Hitchin right back Kane Smith, and the podcast with him is out on Monday afternoon.

Here is the Ollie Bayliss edition:

We hosted the game between Luton Town Under 21’s and Fulham Under 21’s on Wednesday. The game was played behind closed doors and could be played as it featured two elite clubs. Luton won the game 2-1 and we were pleased to further cement our relationship with our near neighbours who were grateful for the use of our facilities.

Adam is currently carrying out the necessary research so he can give an accurate review of his career when I do my interview with him. He tells me he has a record of every senior game he played so the statistics in the article should be spot on.

I am really pleased to say that our ex ground and Supporters Club chairman Len Leroux was released from hospital last Friday and will finish his self isolation on Monday. I have spoken to Len and he certainly sounded so much better than last week. He wanted me to pass on his thanks to everyone for their good wishes which he much appreciated. He is still quite weak and he gets very tired after walking even small distances and is still on anti-biotics.

Len wanted to pay tribute to the doctors and nurses at the Lister Hospital. He felt they offered first class treatment under very difficult conditions. There were staff shortages as so many were themselves suffering from Covid and the doctors and nurses were working long shifts. Despite the problems the doctors and nurses were determined to give the best possible treatment and Len could not have been more complimentary of how he was treated.

Len wanted everyone to realise how dangerous Coronavirus really is. When he was told he had tested positive the A & E doctor bluntly told him the virus could kill him which certainly made Len realise the seriousness of his situation. Two patients died in Len’s ward which again was very sobering for him.

So Len urges everyone to please stick to the Covid guidelines and protect the NHS.