With the World Cup halting top league football for a month, there was a big opportunity in Merseyside for non-league clubs to boost attendances.

Crowd figures have not dropped for the likes of Marine, Prescot Cables and South Liverpool FC, but there was certainly potential for higher gate entries.

“Big Freezes” present clubs with playing challenges moving through the winter and postponements put off those who like to make late decisions about whether to travel to games or not, decreasing crowds.

North West Counties league spokesman Gary Langley says he is disappointed by the lack of greater attention during the World Cup now there’s an opportunity for locals to get their football fix in the lower leagues.