Northwood FC have been left frustrated by The Football Association (FA) and the National League System’s (NLS) decision to end the season early and make results null and void in all leagues below the National League South.
On paper, the move may have seemed a positive one for the Woods, who were sitting in 18th place in the BetVictor Isthmian South Central.
They did have a late turnaround in form though, and chairman Ian Barry said he’d have liked to see his side finish the season.
He said: “We’re obviously really disappointed here – it’s not just that they’ve scrapped the season, it’s the fact that they’ve done it so much sooner than they did with the bigger leagues.
“It’s like they said, ‘We’ll see what happens with the leagues above National South but let’s just forget the leagues below them.’ They could have waited the same amount of time.”
The FA said following the decision: “These are challenging circumstances for English football and all decisions taken are in the best interests of the game and in consultation across key stakeholders. Our primary concern will always be for the safety and welfare of clubs, players, staff, officials, volunteers and supporters during this unprecedented time.
“Today’s steps take into account the financial impact during this uncertain period, whilst considering the fairest method on how the sporting outcomes for the season will be decided with the integrity of the leagues in mind.”