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Bishop's Stortford and other Trident Leagues clubs could see the 2020-21 football season cancelled and declared null and void




Bishop's Stortford might not play another competitive match this season after the Pitching In Isthmian League announced its preference is for the 2020-21 campaign to be declared null and void.

All three boards of the Trident Leagues – the Isthmian along with the Northern Premier and Southern League – hold the view that the season should cease immediately.

But the Blues and their fellow Isthmian Premier Division clubs, along with all sides across steps three and four of the National League System, will be allowed to have their say on how the season should be concluded by taking part in a survey.

If clubs do not agree with the season being cancelled they will have the opportunity to give their views on potential alternatives.

Steve Smith's men have only been able to play six of their 42 league matches so far due to the coronavirus crisis while the most any Isthmian Premier side has been able to play is 10. Their last league contest came on October 17 when they beat Cheshunt 2-0.

In a statement, Isthmian League chairman Nick Robinson said: "In order to reach a decision that will apply across steps three and four in the National League System, and which is informed by the views of all clubs at steps three and four, [clubs] will shortly be asked by the Football Association to provide views on whether the 2020-21 season should be terminated and, if not, what the alternative should be.

The Blues and their fellow Isthmian League sides could see the 2020-21 season declared null and void. Picture: Nathan Cracknell
The Blues and their fellow Isthmian League sides could see the 2020-21 season declared null and void. Picture: Nathan Cracknell

"Independent of that survey, all three of the Trident League's boards hold the view that the season should cease immediately and be declared null and void.

"The ultimate decision lies with The FA Council, following a proposal made by the Alliance Committee, but no proposal will be drafted until clubs' views have been collated and assessed."

In the meantime, all Isthmian League fixtures are postponed until Saturday March 6 at the earliest.

Robinson added: "The league will continue to provide its member clubs with updates as and when it is able to do so."

Meanwhile, the Blues have been preparing for the possibility of a return to action by recruiting young striker Bradley Rolt on loan from Peterborough United. He will be at the R&D Advisors UK Stadium until the end of the season along with his Posh colleague Archie Jones, whose own loan from the League One side has been extended.

But defender Sam Mvemba has moved to Vanarama National League South basement boys Welling United while captain Ryan Henshaw and midfielder Jack Thomas have joined team-mate Sam Robbins in spending time at Braintree Town, who also compete in National League South, to work on their fitness.



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