DORCHESTER Town will not have the opportunity to enter a cup competition this season.

Southern League officials have confirmed there are no plans to fill the void left by the curtailed 2020/21 league campaign.

It comes after some Southern League member clubs had lobbied the governing body over the chance to stage a cup this Spring.

But league chiefs did confirm the Southern League Cup would return for the 2021/22 season and reiterated the opportunity for friendlies to be arranged from March 29 – the second stage of lockdown easing.

“Jason Mills, Operations Manager of the Pitching In Southern Football League, has received several queries from clubs about a possible cup competition being run by the league prior to the start of the 2021/22 season,” a league statement said.

“It is understood it is something that has been shared/discussed at some length on social media.

“However, following a board discussion over the past couple of days on this matter, there will be NO cup competition organised by the league prior to the 2021/22 season.

“The League Cup competition is scheduled to return after the commencement of the 2021/22 season.

“Therefore, once clubs are able to resume playing matches, then friendlies can be arranged, ensuring that all Covid-19 requirements are adhered to that will no doubt be published in the coming weeks/months.

“If clubs wish to enter into any other cup competition, then this will require sanctioning by each relevant County FA.”

Elsewhere at Dorchester, the Magpies are searching for two sponsors to adorn the main stand façade.

Dorchester have erected a new sign and two club crests as part of the revamp.

The Magpies have also announced dates for a youth six-a-side tournament.

Taking place on Saturday, June 26 and Sunday, June 27, the Magpies Football Festival will feature teams from all age groups including girls, mixed and Ability Counts classes.