For Chalfont St Peter, Kings Langley, Northwood and Berkhamsted, it’s unfortunately the end of the 2019/20 football season, after the coronavirus pandemic has forced the season to end early, without any promotions or relegations.
This will mean different things for the clubs; some will have to agonisingly try again next season for the promotion they’ll feel they’ve already earned, whilst others may have had their blushes spared as they sit nearer to the bottom of the league tables.
Of course, safety has been of the upmost importance for each club during this difficult time, but football fans won’t be able to ignore what the implications may mean for their respective clubs.
Kings Langley had a stunning start to 2020, remaining unbeaten in the BetVictor Southern Premier Central, after changing their manager earlier on in the season.
Chris Cummins’ men won eight out of the 10 league games they played since the start of January, drawing the other two, and even reached the semi-final of the Herts Senior Cup where a tie against St Albans City from the National League South proved a test too tough for them in the end.
Kings had a fantastic chance of promotion, after the unbeaten run took them to just three points behind the final play-off spot, with games in hand to play over most teams above them.
Despite what they’ll no doubt see as unfortunate news, The Lango will see themselves to be in a fantastic position for promotion next season.
Kings tweeted: “A memorable FA Cup run, some unbelievable results and an unbeaten run in the new year. We have some exciting things coming up and we can’t wait to see you all next season.”
Berkhamsted were another side who were hoping to be one of the teams going up next season, but despite being top of the league when the season ended, they will not be getting promoted.
The Comrades chairman, Steve Davis, told BerkhamstedNews: “The mood at the club was fantastic, with the first team unbeaten since New Year’s Day and looking forward to a county cup final with Hemel Hempstead Town.
“Nobody knew of the disaster that was going to hit us.”
Chalfont St Peter and Northwood, who both play in the BetVictor Isthmian South Central, have also seen their season put to an end.
Northwood, who have also changed their manager during the season, have had a turnaround in form recently and got themselves off the bottom of the table, and seemingly in a good position to avoid the drop.
The Saints haven’t had too much luck this season, but they too seemed to have turned a corner before the coronavirus interrupted. They were never really in any doubt to be relegated or promoted, so will look to come back stronger next season.
They tweeted after the FA’s statement saying: “As this season is now officially over, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support, it was tough to start pretty much from scratch, but progress was far quicker than expected.”
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