The FA’s decision to null and void the season for teams below step three of the non-league pyramid was the ‘right thing to do’, according to Horsham manager Dominic Di Paola.

All football below National League level was terminated with immediate effect last Thursday because of the coronavirus pandemic, with all results from the 2019-20 campaign expunged.

The ruling means there will be no promotion or relegation this season.

The Hornets sat sixth in the table on their return to the BetVictor Isthmian Premier Division after a seven-year absence.

Di Paola was disappointed the season ended prematurely – the Hornets were just four points off the play-offs and had a Velocity Trophy semi-final against Cheshunt in the pipeline.

But the Horsham manager admitted there was no other option but to void the season.

Working out the final standings on a points per game basis was mooted but Di Paola felt that this would have only fuelled the ‘agenda’ of certain clubs.

He said: ”I was really happy with the season in general.

“It is a shame that it ended when it did, being so close to the play-offs and having that semi-final.”

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