THE new coronavirus restrictions placed upon Warrington could have a big effect on semi-professional and grassroots sport around the town.

The guidance updated by the government today advises spectators not to gather for amateur and semi-professional sport.

> More on the new restrictions imposed on Warrington here

This could affect Warrington Town, Warrington Rylands 1906 and clubs lower down the footballing pyramid around the town who have just started to introduce spectators back to grounds under strict attendance limits.

The new guidance is to come into force on Tuesday – the same day as Warrington Town are due to host South Shields at Cantilever Park in the FA Cup with a maximum attendance of 600 supporters.

This is the first of three home games in the space of a week for Yellows – they host Gainsborough Trinity on September 26 and Atherton Collieries on September 29.

As it stands, all three fixtures will go ahead as planned.

Rylands are currently not scheduled to play a home game until Tuesday, October 13, and attendance at games in the North West Counties League Premier Division is limited to 300.

In terms of professional sport, Super League announced yesterday that pilots will be held to allow 1,000 spectators to attend four of its five matches on September 30.

The one match not included in that pilot is Warrington Wolves' trip to Salford Red Devils.

More to follow