RADCLIFFE boss Lee Fowler insists the football authorities could have done more for clubs at Northern Premier League level and below ahead of his side’s return to action.

Boro head to Mickleover on Saturday after the NPL told clubs they could resume competitive football this weekend should two clubs agree to play.

A full fixture list commences on Boxing Day, when Ramsbottom United resume, but Fowler and his men are back this weekend, leagues having moved quickly after the Government altered its guidance to allow fans to attend games in Tier 3 areas.

Some clubs in the NPL however have called the restart not financially viable.

Fowler said: “Without the fans, it’s nothing. In terms of atmosphere, some players get motivated by fans and there’s the revenue for the football club.

“It feels like we’re a league that’s been a little bit forgotten if I’m honest with you.

“Everything is happening above us, nothing towards us and the clubs at step 5 and 6.

“Ultimately the hierarchy and the decision-makers need to know this level of football matters and the one below.

“They are a breeding ground for the higher leagues and there are some very good players in it.

“There’s people who rely on this money to pay bills and mortgages. There’s fans who rely on it for self-esteem and mental health and as a business we need revenue in to cover costs.

“Hopefully the numbers go up. We’ve got to stick to the guidelines but at least they are now on our wavelength in terms of respecting our leagues.”