A Sussex manager has revealed his concerns for non-league life after lockdown.

He says there are worries over finances and a fixture overload – and reports some clubs “could not give a monkey’s” about social-distancing measures for players.

Action resumes in the Isthmian League today and Lewes boss Hugo Langton, whose side go to Enfield, says there are several challenges to face.

He believes no non-league side can be ready for the flurry of fixtures heading their way.

Langton said: “When players don’t play for three, four months, the effect it has had on them has been remarkable.

“We can manage muscle injuries but anatomical injuries have been crazy, things like dead legs.

“If someone gets kicked on the ankle, they miss a week which normally they wouldn’t do. We have had a few shoulder injuries, things like that.

“Because of that, it is a bit stop-start.

“All of our pre-season games have been crazy.

“I think the quality has generally been quite low and it just goes to show the effects of three or four months without football.

“We’ve managed what we do in training, made sure we got in plenty of recovery time.

“It has been a real duty of care towards the players.

“I’m just following my intuition on what they need and what they don’t need and hopefully I’ve got it right.”

Matchday organisation has changed due to anti-Covid measures.

Langton said: “Our first pre-season game was against Peacehaven.

“They provided a changing room where I think six people could go in and get changed but they couldn’t shower.

“Generally I’ve tried to do all my team talks outside.

“There are other places we have been to where the clubs have got no social-distancing, they couldn’t give a monkey’s.

“We have made sure we have done our bit to look after ourselves.

“Lewes have got a fantastic protocol in place. I think the hardest thing for people is making sure players can shower, even if it is two people go in at a time.

“I’ve got a top physio and she looks after the players, does temperature checks when they come in, things like that. We do our best.

“I’m not naming names but there have been places we have been to where it has been non-existent.

“They have measures in place for supporters, volunteers, things like that but, when it comes to the team, it’s like a complete free-for-all.”

Lewes have lost income they would normally expect from men’s and women’s matchdays.

Langton said: “Normally we will get between 600 and 1,000 supporters for both teams.

“The club have supported me the best that they can and I thank them for it.

“They have been brilliant and I hope I have put together a squad which can compete in the division.

“We’ve got a nice blend of youth and some experience.

“I think the hardest thing will be when it comes to contracts.

“I see a lot of clubs have put players on contracts.

“If we go into lockdown again, which is very possible, how can they honour players’ contracts when there is no income?

“A player has every right to say he has a legal agreement.

“None of my players will be on contract so they are almost sitting ducks.

“If a player does well, anybody can come and approach them and offer them more money.

“I expect to lose players. I signed Theo Widdrington, who came out of Bristol Rovers, and two weeks later I lost him to Havant.

“They came in as a full-time team and are paying him considerably more than I can.

“They have offered him a deal the lad can’t turn down and I don’t blame him.

“Supporters will say, ‘What’s going on there?’ but he is fair game.

“I have to make sure I’m always have a list of back-ups.

“The other big challenge is the crazy schedule we have coming up.

“I don’t think any non-league club is prepared for this. I don’t see how they can be.

“You are overloading the players so I’m looking at how we manage ourselves in-game, our playing style. All that becomes really important.

“A lot of games, particularly on the first day of the season, are like basketball in the first 20 or 30 minutes because everybody is over-excited.

“That’s what I’m expecting. I just know it’s going to be a game of basketball and anything could happen.

“We could be 2-0 up, we could be 2-0 down.

“It’s so crazy, the fallout of lockdown, and it’s going to be like this for a while.”

Saturday (3pm unless stated)

Isthmian Premier: Bishop’s Stortford v Bognor, Enfield v Lewes, Folkestone v Worthing, Leatherhead v Horsham.

Isthmian South East: Hastings v Cray Valley, Haywards Heath v East Grinstead, Hythe v Burgess Hill, Sevenoaks v Three Bridges, VCD Athletic v Whitehawk.

FA Vase 1st round qualifying: Alfold v Chessington & Hook, Beckenham v Littlehampton Town, Billingshurst v FC Elmstead, Colliers Wood v Mile Oak, Erith & Belvedere v Loxwood, Fisher v Little Common, Forest Hill Park v Lingfield, Godalming Town v Shoreham, Hailsham v AFC Varndeanians, Hassocks v Peacehaven & Tels, Horley Town v Hollands & Blair,  Horsham YMCA v Arundel First, Langney Wanderers v Eastbourne United, Lydd Town v Broadbridge Heath, Oakwood v East Preston, Romsey v Selsey, Storrington v Bexhill United, Steyning Town v Bagshot, Wick v AFC Croydon, Worthing United v Greenways.

Southern Combination Premier: AFC Uckfield Town v Eastbourne Town, Crawley Down v Lancing, Saltdean United v Pagham.

Division One: Roffey v Midhurst & Easebourne.

Division Two: Brighton Electricity v TD Shipley (2pm), Bosham v Charlwood, Copthorne v Littlehampton United, Jarvis Brook v Rottingdean Village, Montpelier Villa v St Francis Rangers, Rustington v Upper Beeding,Worthing Town v Ferring.