IT'S been a privilege being allowed to watch Wrexham matches when thousands of Reds' supporters haven't had their live football fix.

I have travelled far and wide reporting on Wrexham for the Leader over the last 16 years, and there have been a lot of games I'd rather not have gone to during the National League struggles!

But I'm also a Wrexham supporter and even before the coronavirus pandemic, I appreciate how important it is for fans not able to get to matches to be updated on how their beloved Reds are getting on between 3 and 5pm on a Saturday afternoon.

Journalism is not all about Monday's newspaper these days, it is giving up-to-the-minute information on what is happening during a match via Twitter or our live blog on the internet, and a match report straight after the final whistle.

This has been even more invaluable to supporters since the pandemic meant games have had to be played behind closed doors.

Not every fan has been able to stream matches so as the Wrexham FC journalist for the Leader, it has been a way of letting fans keep up to date with how their side is doing and I have been able to go to all the games.

Unfortunately that won't be the case on Saturday.

Torquay are only letting a limited number of media people in at Plainmoor for their clash with Wrexham and I will unfortunately miss out.

I was told: 'The welcome return of fans to Plainmoor has greatly reduced our capacity and facilities for media personnel inside the ground'.

Under the new tier system, the Gulls will be allowed to have fans at their ground for the first time in the 2020-21 season but the capacity has been significantly reduced, and no Wrexham supporters will be allowed to attend.

Even more reason, you would think, to give journalists access and help keep Reds' fans around the world informed about how things are going in Devon.

I won't miss any of the action. I will pay to stream the match, do a report for the Leader and manager Dean Keates has agreed to do an interview over the phone with me after Wrexham have hopefully returned to winning ways!

These are strange times for everyone and I appreciate health and safety comes first.

The 500-mile round trip wouldn't have bothered me and I know a lot of other fans would have made the trip if they were allowed to as well.

All being well I will be back in the hotseat for another 'local' game at Eastleigh on Tuesday night!