National League round-up: Notts County coronavirus update and FA Cup controversy with Stockport County and Chesterfield forced to replay fourth qualifying round tie
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The Magpies last match was a 3-2 defeat at home to Maidenhead United which went ahead despite four players tested positive for Covid-19. Notts have been testing players regularly throughout the season and players will be having antibody tests this week.
Although testing isn’t mandatory in the National League, manager Neal Ardley feels it should be as he hopes to get his side’s season back under way.
When discussing the precautions his side are taking, Ardley told BBC Radio Nottingham: “All the players have to travel in on their own.
"As soon as they come into the building they have to wear a mask unless they’re eating. Only five in the gym at any one point, we’ve got sanitary equipment to wipe the equipment down and hand sanitisers everywhere.
When discussing the potential of repeat occurrences, he added: "I’m not confident it’s not going to happen again.
"You’re playing a game of football where you’re not socially distanced against teams who may not have had players tested in months, how can you be confident? It would be naive of me to be confident.”
Elsewhere in the division, Chesterfield have been forced to replay their FA Cup fourth qualifying win over Stockport County due to an administrative error.
The Spireites won the original tie on October 24 on penalties following a 1-1 draw at Edgeley Park.
With that, they looked to have secured £9,395 in prize money as well as a first round tie at Rochdale this weekend. But it has since emerged that Chesterfield failed to register Burnley loanee Jordan Cropper with the Football Association in time for the game.
Cropper started the game and scored in the penalty shoot out as the Derbyshire outfit were found to be in breach of competition rules by fielding an ineligible player.
Instead of throwing The Spireites out of the competition due to the error, the FA have ordered the match to be replayed on Wednesday night (7:45pm kick-off).