Lancaster City boss Mark Fell believes the FA have acted in haste in their decision to declare the Northern Premier League season null and void.

Clubs from steps three and below within the non-league football pyramid were informed last week that the 2019/20 campaign would not be re-started due to the coronavirus pandemic.

All results have been expunged from the records, which means those clubs vying for promotion would be denied the chance of going up, while teams struggling at the bottom and in danger of the drop have been reprieved.

The decision has a particular effect on the Dolly Blues as they occupy a place in the play-offs and had their eyes on a promotion tilt.

Fell would have liked to have seen the FA defer their decision f or at least a month to see if there was any possibility of re-starting the season.

“I am just surprised at how quickly they have done it,” said Fell.

“I don’t think it would have hurt anyone to wait another month to see w hat was happening.

“I understand the rationale behind it.”

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