Dorking Wanderers say the club are ‘taking high-level legal advice to ascertain the validity of the resolution’, following the announcement of the National League South season being declared null and void.

Dorking were five points clear at the top of the table, having played 18 games, and a club statement following yesterday evening’s official announcement from the National League began: “Following tonight’s announcement that Step 2 is null and void with immediate effect, we would like to confirm that we are extremely disappointed with the outcome of the resolutions put to National League member clubs.

“We fully recognise the varying challenges and support those member clubs that had concerns about their club’s existence and survival, given the misleading information received surrounding grants, and we felt strongly from day one that these clubs should be protected. As a club, however, we did not feel that a vote was necessary.

“Instead we felt that a much more collaborative approach was required, given the very difficult circumstances people found themselves in.”

The statement goes on to say: “Then the vote (and resolutions) were brought forward, and we were extremely concerned to see that the league were attempting to change the constitutional voting. This was a clear sign that, given the only clubs that had requested for the season to finish were north and south clubs, it was a way in which the National League could deliver on this resolution to protect their own interests.

“Indeed, it created a direct conflict of interest by the National League voting for the voting to change, which meant that in the event that Step 2 was null and void, they would avoid relegation, so there was an incentive to vote for resolution 1 (the voting constitution to change). To summarise, we are at an absolute loss to understand why a resolution would be brought forward that seeks to protect correctly the survival of member clubs, without any consideration being given to the impact on the clubs that need the competition to continue.”

The club later add: “At this stage, we are in ongoing dialogue with our legal team and are taking high-level legal advice to ascertain the validity of the resolution.”

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