Hastings United CEO Billy Wood feels it was inevitable that the season would be brought to a premature conclusion.

The U’s led the Isthmian South East Division having played seven of their fixtures.

The East Sussex side were also top of the pile when last season was declared null and void, albeit having played 28 games at that point.

CEO Wood said as part of an update: “We as a board share not only your frustrations as supporters, but the frustrations of management and the players. However, with such little amount of league games completed this season, it was inevitable that the season would be curtailed.

“The plus side is that it seems the Isthmian League alongside its fellow Trident League members have learned from their previous mistake of null and voiding the 2019/20 season, effectively wiping it from the record books and in doing so, it cannot be referenced with regards for promotion and relegation. This ‘curtailing’ the season means that the 2020/21 season, whilst uncompleted could be taken into consideration if we suffer another broken season.

“We will be looking at the possibilities of some sort of local mini-league, but in doing so, we will consult our coaching staff and players to see if this is desired in the spring; a potential stopgap before we embark on a promotion challenge (again) in the 2021/22 season.”

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