DIDCOT Town’s future looks brighter after their call for help was answered.

Last week the Railwaymen put out an urgent appeal after coronavirus shut down the league season.

Coming on the back of prolonged wet weather which postponed several home games, the club feared they would go out of business.

A planned event at their bar on Saturday had to be cancelled due to tighter restrictions.

But the call has netted the BetVictor Southern League club a new sponsor, while an online fundraising page has been successful.

As of last night more than £3,500 had been generated, with officials from other clubs and parents of former players among those digging deep.

Chairman John Bailey is also hoping to take advantage of government relief, which should also come to the aid of their two full-time bar staff.

And while the uncertainty over exactly for how long the clubhouse, let alone football, will be closed down means they are not celebrating, the picture has improved.

Bailey, who has been in charge of the club since 1995, said: “We looked at it and thought way the it’s going at the moment we are not going to survive.

“It’s very heartening to have had this response.

“Over the years we have made some lovely friends through football and the community.

“We have helped people out at times when they have been struggling.

“It’s a great thing to be in the football family.

“We do thank everybody that has supported us.

“We are a little bit more optimistic.”