Nantwich Town manager Dave Cooke has reiterated the club’s stance on the decision to null and void the Step 3-6 season in non-league.

The Dabbers were chasing promotion to the National League North and sat in 6th place, a point outside the Northern Premier Division play-offs with games in hand. Nantwich have expressed their disagreement with the decision to null and void the current campaign, as well as their disappointment that they were not consulted prior to the call being made by The FA.

In an update to supporters, Cooke said: “I would like to express my thanks for your support of the club in these strange times. With the abrupt conclusion of the 2019-20 season, we understand completely that there are bigger things than football to concentrate on, but we believe that the verdict from the FA was hastily decided and it is disappointing that perhaps we won’t have football until October.

“For me, even if the 2019-20 season had to be suspended, it was imperative that we should finish the campaign, even if that meant 2019-20 became 2019-21. I felt that we were having a very good campaign, and we would have made the play-offs at the very least, and we were looking forward to being involved.

“We were a point off Lancaster and had three games in hand, so there was every chance we would have been in that four-team shoot-out at the end of the year. Some of the biggest losers in this decision are South Shields, who were champions-elect in our division, and I also feel sorry for Neil Baker’s Leek, who would have been in our league next year if the campaign had not been cancelled.”

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