THE FA have confirmed Bradford (Park Avenue)'s FA Cup opener with Spennymoor Town at Horsfall on Saturday will be played behind closed doors.

It was always likely that the second qualifying round tie would suffer the same fate as the National League North.

Since last season's playoffs, the league has been classed as 'elite' which means no fans are allowed to attend matches.

Clubs at Steps One and Two of the non-league pyramid are still waiting to see if a financial package will arrive from the government.

It is understood that the National League have asked for around £3million-a-month which would cover the loss in gate receipts.

There was a worry that the Spennymoor game may not go ahead after the two team's proposed friendly got cancelled last weekend.

However, Avenue have assured fans that it will, and have provided them with a way to watch the match.

A statement on their website read: "After discussions with Spennymoor, we are excited to confirm that this weekend's FA Cup second qualifying round game will go ahead.

"The caveat is that there are no further central or local government restrictions, and that both squads remain infection free.

"Kick off at the Horsfall will be at 3pm and is unfortunately deemed to be behind closed doors, as per the FA instructions regarding fans for this round.

"We will be streaming the game live on our platform from 2:55pm. The cost for streaming which we hope will help cover some of the costs of putting on the game will be £5."

As for the rest of the FA Cup matches this weekend, home fans will be allowed to games hosted by Step 3-6 'non-elite' clubs.

If, this is the case for both teams, home and away fans can attend.

National League North team Guiseley's home clash with Step Three side Atherton Collieries will also have no spectators present.