Chairman Chris Reeves described as a “financial nightmare” Poole Town’s scrapped Southern League South campaign – but believes it was “sensible” to void the season due to COVID-19.
Dolphins last week learned their fate for the 2019-20 season when the FA announced steps three to six of the non-league pyramid would be finished prematurely, with no promotion or relegation.
Tom Killick’s men had been sat ninth in the table with games in hand on all of those above them, due to a vast number of fixtures called off because of a waterlogged pitch at Black Gold Stadium.
Poole had only been able to host eight home league games on their own patch – a situation Reeves described as a “cash-flow desert” when launching a JustGiving page to aid the club in December.
Speaking about the absence of matchday revenue following the ending to the season, the chairman told the Daily Echo: “It’s made it a hell of a lot worse.
“It’s been a nightmare of all nightmares as far as this season is concerned. I guess we’re probably amongst the clubs hardest hit, but every club will be in financial difficulty.
“It doesn’t take a mathematical genius (to work out) that we’ve been desperately short of cash, because of the lack of matchday income.
“We were desperate for the better weather to come, to get those 12 home games in and generate some much-needed income. At the time where the weather has changed and the pitch is perfect, along comes the coronavirus.”