Quinaceo Hunt keeping a bright outlook over Covid delay
Quinaceo Hunt is making the most of “frustrating“ circumstances to gel with his new team-mates and surroundings at Billingham Synthonia.
The club revealed last week that they had signed the Bermuda goalkeeper on undisclosed terms from Northern League Division Two rivals Durham City, with the announcement arriving on the same day that the season was suspended because of revised Covid-19 Tier 4 restrictions.
“Following the Government's announcement about changes to the Tier status for the region, league fixtures will not be resumed until further notice,” the Ebac Northern Football League, the second-oldest league in the world, said in a statement.
“Earlier [last month], the FA said that football in Tier 4 areas for adult participants across ‘non-elite’ football is not permitted, including all training and fixtures. This applies to Steps 3-6 of the National League System. The Ebac Northern League operates at Steps 5-6.”
League officials are scheduled to meet today to determine if fixtures can resume on Saturday and consider what options, if any, may be available for the rest of the season.
While disappointed to be out of action, Hunt is using the break to his advantage acclimatising himself at his new club.
“It’s frustrating,” he admitted. “But it does give me more time to settle in, and it’s going well. I’m just ready to play.”
Hunt has been reunited with former Durham and Bermuda Under-20 team-mate D’Andre Wainwright at Billingham.
Coincidentally, Wainwright made his debut for Billingham against his former team Durham, netting a hat-trick and adding an assist.
Hunt joined Wakefield, who play in the Sheffield and Hallamshire County Senior Football League Premier, the eleventh tier of the English football league pyramid, from PHC Zebras in August 2019.
He missed several weeks last season after tearing a quad muscle, which he suffered during a 2-1 win away to Houghton Main in February.
The 20-year-old goalkeeper was a member of Bermuda team that made their debut at the Concacaf Gold Cup in 2019.
Meanwhile, Kane Crichlow was an unused substitute in Watford’s 2-1 defeat away to Swansea City in the Sky Bet Championship at the weekend while Justin Donawa’s Solihull Moors suffered a 1-0 defeat away to Chesterfield.
Elsewhere, Dale Eve’s Spennymoor Town had their National League North contest at home to Darlington postponed after match officials declared the pitch unplayable because of snow.
As previously reported, Nahki Wells’s Bristol City had their Championship fixture away to Brentford postponed over a suspected Covid-19 outbreak within their squad.