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Bishop's Stortford, Stansted, Takeley and Sawbridgeworth Town have seasons ended as the FA makes coronavirus decision to expunge results




Bishop's Stortford's relegation worries are over after the FA announced all football below the National League will end with immediate effect and results are to be expunged.

The decision, made due to the coronavirus crisis, means there will be no promotion or relegation of clubs between steps three to six, or relegation from step two.

The Blues were sitting 17th in the BetVictor Isthmian League, Premier Division (step three), just three points above the bottom three before fixtures were postponed.

The news also means the campaign is over for Stansted, Takeley and Sawbridgeworth Town in the Essex Senior League, Premier Division (step five), with Sawbridgeworth, who were rock bottom with only two wins from 28 outings, set for a reprieve.

In a statement, the FA said: "The National League System (NLS) and the women's football pyramid were able to build a consensus amongst their leagues and, where possible, aimed to create a consistent approach across all leagues, whilst taking into account the unique characteristics of each individual league.

"As a result, The FA and NLS steps three to six have reached a consensus that their 2019-20 season will now be brought to an end, and all results will be expunged. This will mean no promotion or relegation of clubs between NLS steps three to six, and no promotion to NLS step two. These decisions will also apply to the leagues and clubs who play at NLS step seven.

"We will continue to assist and support the National League (NLS steps one and two) to determine the outcome of its 2019-20 season as quickly as possible. The planned implementation of the restructure of the NLS will also now be deferred until the start of the 2021-22 season.

"Furthermore, we can now confirm that we have decided that all grassroots football is concluded for the 2019-20 season. This will allow the game to move forward and to commence planning for next season. Our County Football Associations (CFAs) will be supporting grassroots leagues over the coming days to determine how they should close out their current competitions."


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