BOWERS & Pitsea, East Thurrock United, Basildon United, Canvey Island, Great Wakering Rovers and Hullbridge Sports are not in action today after the Isthmian League postponed all fixtures in an attempt to delay the spread of coronavirus.

East Thurrock, Basildon, Canvey and Hullbridge’s scheduled midweek clashes have also been called off after Isthmian League chairman Nick Robinson released a statement confirming encounters originally set to take place prior to the forthcoming weekend would not go ahead.

And Robinson admits the board will be reviewing the situation on a daily basis as they look to pinpoint when fixtures can recommence.

Robinson, in a statement released on the Isthmian League website, said: “The safety and wellbeing of all those associated with the League - our players, volunteers, club officials, match officials and supporters - is our number one priority, and we are closely monitoring the situation and carefully following advice from Public Health England.

“The board has decided that, as an immediate step, matches scheduled for the weekend and next midweek will be postponed and we will review the situation daily as to when fixtures can recommence.

“We understand the enormous financial impact this will have on many clubs, but the board feels that it is better to err on the side of caution at this time.

“We hope that by taking this step we can delay the spread of the virus and we earnestly hope that with the right approach there will be as few persons as possible suffering either directly or indirectly.

“We look forward to the resumption of the fixtures as soon as possible.”

Bowers were due to welcome Isthmian Premier League play-off chasers Horsham to the Len Salmon Stadium, while East Thurrock were also scheduled to be on home turf against Bishop's Stortford today.

In the Isthmian North, bottom-of-the-table Basildon saw their trip to Dereham Town called off, with Canvey also not having to make the short journey to high-flying Aveley.

Hullbridge were due to take on Brentwood Town in an early kick-off at Aveley's Parkside and Wakering were scheduled to welcome Soham Town Rangers to Burroughs Park.

While Isthmian League fixtures were postponed, Billericay Town and Concord Rangers’ scheduled fixtures are going ahead as the National League announced clashes in their divisions would not be cancelled.

The decision came despite the Premier League and Football League confirming hours earlier that all action in the professional game would be suspended until April 3 at the earliest.