Gateshead have confirmed their vote to null and void the current season.
The Tynesiders, currently 10th in the National League North having played 14 games, explain:
“This decision has been taken with great care and is one that has been made to protect the vast array of clubs who face the real threat of going out of business should they be asked to continue the season. We are not willing to place ourselves into further financial uncertainty and erase all of the hard work that has gone into re-building our club over the past few years.
“The National League’s decision to suspend all fixtures for two weeks was one that we agreed with, however, the progression on the funding for the remainder of the season that we believed to be forthcoming has not materialised in the form we were led to believe. We must stress that we are extremely grateful for our grant of which all 66 clubs received in varying degrees from the National Lottery.
“However, we simply would not have started the season if we knew that we would be cast adrift come January onwards. Our position as a full-time professional club affords us greater safety than that of semi-professional clubs, whose staff have travelled thousands of miles to fulfil fixtures without regular COVID testing taking place, while also undertaking alternative employment.”