11:13AM, Friday 27 March 2020
Ascot United and Holyport FC’s chances of promotion this season have been dashed after the FA released a statement yesterday (Thursday) saying all non league results from step three down to step seven will be expunged.
The Yellamen were 11 points clear of their closest rivals in the Combined Counties Premier Division, while Port looked to be on course for a promotion finish in Hellenic League Division 1 East.
The divisions, like all across England from step three level and down, have been declared null and void, meaning no promotion or relegation.
The same will happen in the women’s game below the Women’s Super League and Championship level.
No official decision has yet been taken on how to end the National League, and National League North and South, with the FA saying they are working ‘towards a conclusion as quickly as possible’.
It’s possible they may still try to play out the remaining matches, declare the leagues null and void or promote and relegate teams on a points-per-game basis.
The statement read: “These are challenging circumstances for English football and all decisions are taken in the best interests of the game.
“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.”
Whatever the final decision from the National League, Slough Town’s Scott Davies says there are bigger things to be worried about right now. A similar decision to expunge results in National League South would deny the Rebels a shot at promotion through the play-offs.
“It might sound like a cliché but there are more important things going on in the world right now,” he said.
“If anyone thinks differently, they’re wrong, it’s as simple as that. The stuff we’re reading about and seeing on TV is quite harrowing.
“It’s disappointing in one sense because we’ve had a good season. Let’s not tiptoe around it, we would have definitely got into the play-offs, I have no doubts about that. But things have been put into perspective for me.
“We’re just 11 players trying to put the ball into the net, and there are thousands of people dying out there.
“We’ve had our group chat and we’ve all put our thoughts in, but I’d like to think we’re all quite level-headed and humble. We’ve got no arrogant people in the group who would see it differently.
“We’re just looking forward to the world becoming a better place and for when we can get up and running again.”
Training is proving difficult for Davies and his teammates, but he’s using the Government’s one allocated period of outdoor exercise per day to get out for a run and has been joining hundreds of thousands of others in doing the free daily Joe Wicks’ workouts.
“We’re all stuck in our houses and we’d love to get back to football, whenever that is,” he said.
“I’m doing the Joe Wicks workout in the morning. It’s actually a lot harder than you realise.
“Then I go out for a run or a walk mid-morning or in the evening. It’s quiet in Denham and the weather’s been lovely.
“I’m sure we’ll all be crying next week when it’s raining.”
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