WARRINGTON Town have confirmed their planned fixtures on Boxing Day and New Year's Day have been postponed.

Yellows were scheduled to travel to Witton Albion on December 26 before welcoming Bamber Bridge on January 1 to get their Pitching In Northern Premier League Premier Division season back underway.

However, the club have now released a statement saying both opponents have exercised their option to postpone the fixtures.

Clubs were given the option to opt out of playing over the festive period after the Northern Premier League initially said Boxing Day would see a full programme of fixtures resume.

That move was criticised by clubs, with concerns over crowd capacities, the inability to serve refreshments in grounds and the allocation of government funding as loans rather than grants the major sticking points said to make hosting fixtures financially unviable for many.

Yellows had already confirmed they were willing and keen to play their fixtures.

"While, like every other club, we are adversely affected by the current restrictions, we were keen to return to action as soon as fans were able to return, especially as it doesn’t look like the situation will be getting any better in the New Year," the club's statement read.

"Without playing football, the prospects of another null and void season are increasingly likely – and that would be of great disappointment and also cause issues of its own in relation to things like season tickets and sponsors.

"What we do not want to do is rely on the goodwill of fans once again; we wanted to make the best of the situation that is presented to us, which is of no fault to the club, other clubs or indeed the league."

Town's next scheduled fixture is a trip to Gainsborough Trinity on Saturday, January 9.