Impassioned Barrow manager Ian Evatt insists the National League season cannot be allowed to be voided, warning the league leaders would struggle to recover from the sucker punch of being denied promotion.

The football landscape has been decimated by the escalating coronavirus crisis, with the game halted across the country in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19.

It has been reported that the majority of National League clubs have begrudgingly agreed that voiding the campaign is the most realistic way forward – a plan that infuriates Barrow manager Evatt, whose table-topping side are on the brink of promotion.

Asked how the club would recover from such a blow, the former Blackpool defender told the PA news agency: “I don’t think it would recover. That’s being frank.

“I don’t see how you can, in the interest of fairness, void the season when some teams in our league have only got seven games to play.”

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