Locked-down D’Andre Wainwright cuts his losses and returns to Bermuda
D’Andre Wainwright has pulled the plug on his debut season in English non-League football.
The Billingham Synthonia striker has decided to return home after a second national lockdown in Britain until at least the middle of next month to combat the spread of Covid-19 resulted in Northern League Division Two being suspended indefinitely.
“It’s disappointing but I can’t really do anything about it because it’s not in my hands,” Wainwright said.
A survey has been since sent out to the clubs seeking feedback on how the season should be concluded, accompanied by the preferred option of the League Management Committee “to declare the current season null and void and aim to get a full 2021-22 season completed commencing in early August 2021.”
The committee has also explored the possibility of staging a cup competition in either April or May “to enable clubs to recoup some of the missed income and re-engage with supporters”, should the situation improve more quickly than anticipated.
“I am pretty sure they are going to call the league off,” Wainwright added. “Most of the clubs feel they should call the season off, which I am pretty sure is not going to resume.”
Wainwright had been in prolific form before the initial four-week national lockdown came into effect last October.
The 20-year-old started the campaign at Durham City where he scored eight goals in nine appearances, including a hat-trick on his club debut in a 4-3 defeat at home to Willington, before joining Billingham in October.
In a twist of irony, he netted a second hat-trick of the season and had an assist on his debut for his new club in a 7-1 thrashing of his former club Durham.
Wainwright had netted four goals in as many appearances for Billingham, who are fifth in the 20-team division.
“I felt that I was on the right track to meet my expectations,” he said. “The game in the league is very aggressive and I’m an aggressive player, so it wasn’t much for me to adapt to.
“It was all going so well but I just have to do it again next season.
“I will just keep training until next season and hopefully we can go the whole season.”
Wainwright was accompanied on the flight home by team-mate Quinaceo Hunt.
The pair previously played together at Durham and were reunited when Bermuda goalkeeper Hunt joined Billingham last month.
“It’s very nice having Quinaceo join the club,” Wainwright added. “He is good company.”
Hunt, who was a member of Bermuda team that made their debut at the Concacaf Gold Cup in 2019, had yet to appear before the lockdown.
The club’s last match was a 1-0 league defeat away to Tow Law Town on October 31.