MALVERN Town Football Club's chairman said the club is feeling "at a low ebb" following the decision to render the season null and void.

Chris Pinder said while it is a sad situation, everyone at the club could feel proud of how they performed this season.

In a statement, he said: "It’s true to say that all of us here at Malvern Town FC have been dreaming of celebrating a promotion, maybe even as League champions, for a long time.

"This now ill-fated season there was justifiable hope that we would achieve our ambition.

"The decision to render the season as null and void leaves us feeling at a rather low ebb, but we should be proud of how we performed up to now, and we mustn’t forget the highs!

"The club would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved wholeheartedly for everything they’ve given. The efforts of the players, management, staff, volunteers, sponsors and the club’s supporters have been heroic - in a footballing sense.

"Now comes a time for a more formidable force of heroes to win our admiration and applause. Not just every game day, but every day - our amazing NHS, carers, supermarket workers, delivery drivers, teachers and everyone else that is fighting for us.

"So, what’s the club’s view on The FA’s decision to bring the season to an end and expunge the results?

"Of course, it sucks, it’s hard to take, and we are bitterly disappointed. This virus is cruel in more ways than one, impacting not just those infected. Right now we’ve all got to roll with the punches and get on with it.

"We can’t wait to get going again for season 2020/21. And after all this is over, I’m sure we’ll all love and appreciate football, it’s family, and it’s community a little bit more.

"On behalf of the board and the management, thank you again.

"And please... Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives."

Yesterday's announcement meant all playing records for the four tiers below National League competitions have been wiped out.

It means no promotion or relegation will take place in the Southern League, Midland Football League, West Midlands (Regional) League (WMRL), Hellenic League and the equivalents covering steps three to seven of the National League System (NLS).

Malvern Town (Hellenic One West) and Droitwich Spa (WMRL Division One) will be denied title tilts and the chance to go up.

No standings will count with six of the region’s clubs affected by the decision. All current league structures are expected to remain in place to start next season with.