Brackley Town have spoken of their disappointment at the season being declared null and void.

The Saints have been frequently challenging for promotion from the National League North in recent seasons, with the 2018 FA Trophy winners sitting in 4th place this time around.

As part of a club statement, they said: “While respecting the decision voted on by National League clubs, we are bitterly disappointed for the players, supporters, sponsors and everyone associated with the club that the season is not able to continue. The club recognises the importance of maintaining the integrity of the National League at Steps 1 and 2, and the importance of football to our supporters, while acknowledging the very real financial challenges and protecting the long-term future of the club.

“It has been a challenging period of time for everyone because of COVID. At the football club, we saw the 2019-20 season curtailed and then resurrected with the play-offs, which we contested at significant expense.

“The start to this season was delayed, and once underway, matches were played with reduced crowds or entirely behind closed doors, reducing revenue to nil bar through live streaming. Throughout these challenges, we have also been managing the re-build of the clubhouse following the fire of June 2019; this project has further drawn on scarce resources.

“Positives to come out of this are sadly few. However, we have seen government acknowledge the important role that non-league football clubs play in our communities, including the benefits to mental health and well-being.

“The place of our club within the Brackley community and its importance to so many people have been highlighted over and again.”

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