The National League’s decision to suspend competition until at least April 3 has been welcomed by title-chasing Harrogate Town.

With the coronavirus crisis worsening by the hour, the league belatedly opted to follow the lead of the Premier League and English Football League at a board meeting on Monday.

Six fixtures were completed in the fifth tier on Saturday, despite all of the divisions above them in the pyramid having cancelled their full schedule.

Town’s Friday night clash at Solihull Moors was postponed at their own request due to two players and two coaches placing themselves into self-isolation having shown signs of illness, and the club has welcomed the move to temporarily put the season on hold.

“It’s the right decision, a decision that had to be made,” said Harrogate’s managing director Garry Plant.

“For me, it’s a no-brainer. Obviously, it’s not good timing given the position we are in [second in the National League], however the country is faced by a situation like nothing we have ever seen before.”

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