St Albans City FC and Hemel Hempstead Town FC have received the news and confirmation that the National League South season has been declared as null and void as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Wealdstone FC of the National League will continue their season, however the details of promotion and relegation have yet to be confirmed.
St Albans City were flying high this season and comfortably in the play-off positions, despite having played less games than the majority of the other teams in the division.
A statement on the Saints’ website read: “We are very disappointed to confirm that the result of voting on the recent National League Resolutions is that the National League South has been declared null and void with immediate effect.
“This club did not want this to happen and the directors have been fighting very hard in recent weeks to try and ensure that the league competition would continue, and the outcome of the season could be determined on the field of play.
“We are bitterly disappointed on behalf of everyone associated with the club and our wider community. Our players, coaching staff and backroom staff have worked tirelessly and optimistically, against an ever-changing landscape, to keep playing and keep delivering football for our supporters and partners over the course of this season.”
Hemel Hempstead Town’s manager, Lee Bircham, also revealed his disappointment with the news with an interview with TalkSport.
He said: “In general, I’m absolutely gutted. If you’re a football person and to have the league pulled away from you like this through money is heart-breaking.
“I can’t get my head around it. We’ve been training tonight, and we’ve found out the news during it. The whole group was gutted that it’s finishing.”
Hemel Hempstead were sitting in 10th place in the National League South after their form had dramatically improved after a disappointing start to the campaign.
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