DORCHESTER Town could resume their Pitching In Southern Premier South season on Saturday, December 12.

Southern League officials stressed the announcement is subject to lockdown ending on Wednesday, December 2.

This gives teams, 59 per cent of whom voted in favour of the start date, 10 days to prepare for the resumption.

Dorchester will therefore host Hendon in their first fixture after the second national shutdown.

Alternatively, the Magpies could begin on Saturday, December 5 at Met Police, or in the following Tuesday night fixture at Truro, provided both clubs agree.

Dorchester could also play their FA Trophy first round game at Swindon Supermarine before commencing league action.

The Southern League said: "Having taken into consideration the answers to the questionnaire sent to clubs regarding the restart date, the Pitching In Southern Football League will officially restart on Saturday, 12th December 2020, as voted for by 59 per cent of clubs, provided that the second lockdown finishes on 2nd December 2020 as planned.

"If not, the league may need to look again at the situation. However, should any club wish to restart on either Saturday 5th December or the following midweek or, indeed, play matches on both dates, the league would have no objection.

"The season will restart based on the four divisions and the fixtures already scheduled or being re-scheduled by the league.

"The league is looking to re-arrange as many matches postponed during the lockdown period that would have experienced excessive travel times for a Saturday later in the season.

"The league season is still scheduled to finish on Saturday 8th May, with play-off semi-finals on Tuesday, 11th May and play-off finals on Saturday, 15th or Sunday, 16th May."