The prospect of Folkestone fans being allowed to watch their historic FA Trophy match at Wrexham has been questioned – hours after the draw.
Invicta’s payoff for reaching the fourth round of the competition for the first time in history is an away game against the high-spending National League team, now owned by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.
But late Monday night it was announced that spectators would be banned from all sporting events in Wales from Boxing Day in an attempt to control the spread of the Omicron Covid variant.
It is not known at this point how long these restrictions will last, but it does mean that the Trophy draw at the racetrack – scheduled for Saturday January 15 – may have to be played behind closed doors.
Wrexham’s first game to be affected by the new restrictions is their Boxing Day game against Solihull Moors in the National League.
A spokesperson for the Red Dragons club said: “We are disappointed that the fans cannot attend our game scheduled for Boxing Day at the racetrack, but we understand why the decision was made.
“For any game played behind closed doors while these restrictions are in place, the club will refund all monies paid and share more details about it in due course.
“This will apply to both season ticket holders and those who have purchased tickets for the specific game (s).
“Please keep all tickets already purchased and continue to collect tickets in the usual way.
“We will communicate all further information, including the refund process in due course.”
Invicta beat Uxbridge 2-0 on goals from Josh Vincent and Ade Yusuff at Cheriton Road on Saturday to reach the fourth round of the competition.
On Twitter Tuesday morning, Folkestone said he had no further information on the date and location of the match at this stage.
The winner of the fourth round encounter is set to take home £ 5,250 in cash prizes.