Worthing manager Adam Hinshelwood admitted the FA’s decision to end the Isthmian Premier Division season because of the coronavirus outbreak is disappointing for players and supporters.
More than 100 non-league clubs, including Worthing, have signed a letter to the FA expressing their ‘profound concern and displeasure’ over the decision to terminate the 2019-20 season and expunge all results below step three.
The Reds, Lancing, Littlehampton Town and Hastings United, all league leaders now set to miss out on promotion, are among those lobbying the governing body to reverse the termination of the campaign.
A final decision on the contentious ruling is expected by the FA this week.
All football below National League level was terminated with immediate effect last Thursday, with all results from the campaign expunged.
The ruling means there will be no promotion or relegation this season, scuppering top-of-the-table Worthing’s chances of lifting the Premier Division title.
The Reds sat seven points clear of second-placed Cray Wanderers with eight games to go.
Hinshelwood was left aggrieved for everyone involved in Worthing’s promotion push but conceded that it must have been a ‘tough decision’ to make for the FA.
He said: “Initially you are disappointed, especially for the players considering how hard they worked.
“They’ve been immense this season with their work-rate and their endeavour.”