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Warrington Town’s season looks like it’s over

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WARRINGTON Town’s season looks to be over after the Northern Premier League said it was seeking to end the season immediately.

The league was suspended eight days ago due to the coronavirus outbreak with the Yellows in third place in the table, and in a prime spot for the play-offs.

Paul Carden’s side have finished third in the previous two seasons, winning the play-offs last season before being cruelly denied in the infamous “super” play-off final against King’s Lynn Town.

Now it seems their promotion hopes are going to be dealt another blow by this decision.

A league statement said: “The NPL, Isthmian and Southern Leagues are unanimous in wanting to terminate the 2019/20 season immediately. Whether that is done on the basis of determining the final placings via average points per game, or the season is declared null and void cannot be decided until the National League’s intentions are confirmed.

“The NPL, Isthmian and Southern Leagues have made the FA of their wish to terminate the 2019-20 season, although any such decision has to be ratified by FA council. While this process is on-going, competition issues can then be decided, together with the implications for promotion and relegation.”

Although it is as yet unknown what happens regarding promotion and relegation, should the average points per game be used, then the Yellows would miss out on the two promotion spots – which would go to current top two South Shields and FC United.

As with many non-league clubs, the coronavirus lockdown has created a significant headache for the Yellows – with no match day revenue possible, their social club was forced to close over the weekend following the latest government guidance.

Even if the season is curtailed, they will still have to maintain contract payments to players for the remainder of the season unless agreed otherwise.

The Yellows were last in action a fortnight ago, on Tuesday March 10, when they pulled off a stunning late fightback from two goals down to beat Matlock Town 3-2.

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