Season OVER for South Wiltshire Football Teams

Ray Mac Salisbury FC 1 (Faye Marsh)

Published at 10:51am 27th March 2020.

3 minute read

Salisbury FC, Bemerton Heath Harlequins, Laverstock and Ford, Downton and Amesbury Town will be affected.

No football matches have been played across England for the last couple of weeks due to coronavirus crisis.

The FA has now decided that all leagues below the National League will be CANCELLED, declared null and void, and the results expunged.

That would mean there's no promotions or relegations, ahead of the 2020/21 season.

Bemerton Heath Harlequins Football Club
The stands at Bemerton Heath Harlequins have been sitting empty for a few weeks, with no games until the new season now

SALISBURY FC 

The Whites were sitting in 7th place in the Southern Premier League, and were pushing for a place in the play-offs.

Ending the league with immediate effect means they won't get the chance to see if they could have made it further.

Salisbury's manager Steve Claridge has tweeted to say the decision to cancel the campaign 'feels wrong'.

He's said the teams at the top of the table, Truro City and Chesham United, should 'deservedly get promoted', based on their results through the season.

OTHER LOCAL CLUBS

Bemerton Heath Harlequins were sitting 3rd in the Sydenhams Wessex League Division One, pushing for promotion to the Premier Division.

Of our local teams, they stood to lose out the most, as they could have mathematically reached the next level.

Elsewhere in the league, Downton FC were in 5th position, and have posted on social media about the cancellation:

"The FA have confirmed that the season for steps 3 to 7 will be declared null and void. There was never an easy answer to this problem, so we'll dust ourselves down, like everyone else, and go again when it's tie to do so. Stay safe - and stay indoors!"

A couple of places behind were Laverstock and Ford in 7th place.

They've responded to the latest announcement:

The decision could be welcomed the most by Amesbury Town, as they were sitting rock bottom in the Wessex League Premier Division.

Cancelling the season means they now won't be relegated.

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