WITH the RFU bringing the league season to an end due to Coronavirus pandemic, struggling Skipton RFC, could just manage to avoid the drop when the fate of clubs is decided by mid-April.

Simon Smith, president of Skipton RFC, said: "There is a bit of confusion, but my understanding is that the tables on the Yorkshire RFU pitchero website tables aren't correct. We are actually third from bottom in Yorkshire Division Three on 27 points, two points ahead of Rotherham Phoenix who are in the relegation."

But with the season ending, clubs across the country will now wait until mid-April to see what the RFU decides to do with the leagues.

"It all depends of what the RFU decides to do," he said. "There were teams vying for promotion and others seeking to stave off relegation.

"It's swings and roundabouts. People just have to accept the decision.

Smith, who is in his first year as president of the club, said: "These are very difficult times, but we will get through this.

"Hopefully by the start of next season in September, it will be back to normal."

Smith did say that Skipton RFC will weather the storm despite the lack of income coming into the club.

"Although our bar manager has got a refund for bottles of beer, we have barrels of beer which have a shelf life and will be a loss for the club.

"There will also be a lack of income coming in, particularly from the function room, which helps brings money into the club.

"Although we couldn't sustain this for the long term, Skipton is financially stable so we'll be ok for the short term.

"In the meantime, we're encouraging our players to stay fit and keep focused.

"We'd love to have a morale boosting get together, but obviously we just can't in the current climate."