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Soham Town Rangers chairman accepts null and void is the most likely outcome

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Soham Town Rangers chairman Mark Goldsack has accepted that it’s best for all concerned to scrap the 2020/21 season.

Last week the Trident Leagues – Isthmian, Southern and Northern – released a statement in which they said all of their divisions at Steps 3 and 4 should ‘cease immediately and be declared null and void’ due to the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown.

A final decision will not be made until the Football Association has consulted with all clubs, but nevertheless league fixtures have been postponed until at least Saturday, March 6.

Soham Town Rangers have only played seven matches this season. Picture: Mark Westley
Soham Town Rangers have only played seven matches this season. Picture: Mark Westley

That has all but ended hopes of completing a full campaign, and has also thrown major doubt as to whether it would even be possible to play out half-a-season.

Soham have played just seven league matches this term, and with pitch maintenance work needing to get under way by late May, Goldsack has conceded it’s probably best for all concerned to focus on 2021/22 hopefully starting on time.

“I wrote to the league a little while ago and suggested splitting our league into two geographically; two divisions of 10 teams and the top two from each go for promotion and the bottom sides fight it out over relegation,” he said.

“But to do that you’d have to start late February or early March at the earliest and that doesn’t look like happening now.

“Who would want to be in charge of making the decision? They’re doing the best they can and they are damned if they do and damned if they don’t.

“Health and safety has to come first. It’s not just the players – we have committee members and supporters who are of retirement age, and we don’t want people to be put at risk with the way the numbers are going.

“It’s a shame – we all want to be playing football – but there is not going to be enough time, especially with the work that needs doing on the pitch.

“Hopefully we can look towards the new season getting started on time.”

One source of frustration for Goldsack is that manager Robbie Mason and his coaching staff will not be able to continue their positive start to the season.

The seventh-placed Greens are outside of the promotion places on goal difference, having posted impressive wins against the likes of Grays Athletic and Heybridge Swifts.

Goldsack added: “I feel sorry for Robbie, Erkan (Okay, player-assistant) and Lloyd (Groves, player-assistant); they’ve done a great job and progress every season. They’ve managed to get a wonderful squad together and it’s a shame they won’t get recognised for it this season.”

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