Boston United chairman David Newton has described the null and void decision over the National League North season as ‘a bitter blow’.

Giving his thoughts to the club’s website following the confirmation of the decision yesterday evening, Newton said: “While respecting the outcome of the vote that was announced earlier, we are extremely disappointed that the season has been declared null and void. We voted to continue believing, on balance, this was the right thing to do in the circumstances.

“It has been a very difficult year for the club, not only dealing with the Covid implications, but also ensuring that the play-offs took place last season (with no income); the vacating of the York Street ground (with no final game for the fans to enjoy); being forced to withdraw from the FA Cup, being required to replay the Darlington fixture and, of course, trying to build the new stadium during the pandemic.

“All through this, the squad and management team have remained positive and have continued to work hard despite not knowing when the next fixture would be played. We all genuinely felt that we had a real chance of promotion this season.

“This is therefore a bitter blow for everyone at Boston United – but of course this goes much wider. The Government recognised what a huge contribution non-league clubs play in their communities, and the positive impact the club playing can have on the health and wellbeing of their fans, hence the fantastic support that was offered at the outset to ensure that the season could be commenced, albeit behind-closed-doors.”

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