The Somerset FA have announced that the 2018-19 Somerset Premier Cup Final will now not be played this season. The match between Taunton Town and Weston-super-Mare was due to be staged at Huish Park, but has been given an ultra-lengthy postponement, and will now only be played at some point during the 2019-20 season. It's not clear if the same venue would be chosen to stage the rearranged tie.
The background to the postponement is a complicated one, but is down to Taunton Town's likely involvement in the Southern League Play-Offs. With three games remaining of their Southern League Premier Division South season, Taunton are second in the League table, but five points behind leaders Weymouth, meaning that unless the Dorset side suffers a late collapse, Taunton will go into the play-off stages.
The Southern League Play-Offs currently have a schedule for Semi-Final to be played on Wednesday 1st May, with their divisional Play-Off Final being staged on Monday 6th May. Given the potential for Taunton to reach the final, the Somerset FA have decided it will not be possible for the game to be played on Tuesday 7th May as planned. There is also a provision for a Super Play-Off Final to be staged, which pitches the regional division Play-Off winners against each other for the actual promotion into National League South (or National League North). Those are earmarked for Saturday 11th May, meaning that Taunton could be involved at that stage as well.
With Southern League sides being run on a part-time basis, most player contracts and associated insurance run out after that final weekend, meaning that any attempt to stage the tie during the week commencing May 13th would be problematic. As a result, rather than have a County Cup Final date that might be postponed or moved at short notice, the Somerset FA have decided to call the final off until around August 2019.
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