PICKERING Town chairman Wayne Taylor has outlined the current questions that he and others at the club are asking as they look to navigate the Pikes through the coronavirus crisis.

Pickering’s season was ended early last month, with Town still set to play eight games in the BetVictor Northern Premier League north/west division, five of them at home.

In a statement on the club’s website, Taylor said: “Although only a fortnight has passed since my last statement, there has been much written and said within the football world, whether it be from the PFA, Premier League clubs, Players, EFL, National League, Steps Three to Seven, everybody has had their say, much of the discussion of course has revolved around finance, and what the future holds for us all.

“The future, ah that is the question, has anybody got a crystal ball?

“And this is part of the problem, the don’t know factor, I do not want to sound too pessimistic, but some of the questions we haven’t got answers for, are:

“When will the season start? What is the future for Non-League football? Will all clubs survive the present crisis?

“These are all questions that we and many others are asking ourselves.

“Even the League announced last week that BetVictor, who sponsor all leagues at Steps Three and Four, have given notice to terminate their sponsorship agreement, will this have an effect on the clubs if another sponsor can’t be found, what did I say, I did not want to sound too pessimistic!

“Amongst all this we must still continue to plan for next season, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has contributed to the club, in the last fortnight, I am very grateful to all of you for your continued support.

“I will endeavour to keep you all informed as to what is going on, but please in the meantime I do ask that wherever possible you continue to support us and if you have any ideas that you feel would help, please don't hesitate to contact me.”