ISTHMIAN League fixtures have been suspended until April 3 - and chairman Nick Robinson admits it is unlikely matches will recommence on that date.

The league issued a fresh statement on Tuesday lunchtime, in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Initially, the Isthmian League postponed last weekend's fixtures and any that were scheduled for this midweek.

Now they have moved to call off all games this month, in line with other leagues, including the Premier League and EFL.

Brightlingsea Regent, Maldon and Tiptree, Heybridge Swifts, Coggeshall Town and Witham Town all play in the Isthmian League.

Regent are in the premier division and the other four in division north.

"Following statements from the UK government, as well as statements from the FA, the leagues forming steps one to four of the National Leagues system with representatives of steps five and six met by conference call and decided that all matches be suspended until April 3," read a statement from chairman Robinson.

"The Isthmian League board also met by video conference and agreed that all matches, including the Development League, the Youth League and Cup, the Women’s Cup and the Velocity Trophy be suspended until that date.

"The likelihood is that matches will not start again on April 4 and, in the meantime, the league will work with all others in the game to ensure that clubs are kept up to date with the latest information.

"It cannot be stressed too much that these are unprecedented times.

"The board will do what it can to ensure that football can recommence as soon as possible and that the league does not put more pressure on clubs financially while the future is unknown."