Slough Town are among the clubs at Step 2 to have voted for a null and void conclusion to the season if grants are not forthcoming.

The National League South club have outlined their reasoning in a statement, which explains:

“Firstly, without gate receipts and other matchday revenue, we have no income. We, like many other clubs, only agreed to start the season based on grant funding being made available – initially for three months, but with assurances that this would continue.

“It is now clear that only loans will be available and they are not even guaranteed. The directors do not wish to saddle the club now and into the future with debts that it may not be able to repay and will undoubtedly impact the club for years to come.

“It is also impossible at this stage to effectively budget for the future, as we do not yet know when we may be able to welcome back a normal-sized crowd. We are already eating into our limited cash reserves and, with no benefactor at the club, we are not willing to deplete this any further.

“The National League suspended its competition two weeks ago to enable funding issues to be addressed. We are no further towards a solution, yet there is an expectation that we will resume playing on Saturday.

“We have taken the decision to advise The National League and Chelmsford City that we will not be fulfilling that, or any other fixture until the outcome of the voting is known. It is not realistic to expect clubs, whose income has already been dramatically reduced, to continue to fund the playing of games, which once the outcome is known, could be totally meaningless.”

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