Dulwich Hamlet issue statement after National League brings seasons to end

Sports Desk (22 April, 2020)

The Hamlet won their last game before the suspension of football to stay out of the relegation zone

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Dulwich Hamlet say they will update supporters in the coming days after the National League confirmed on Wednesday that it was ending its three divisions with immediate effect.

The League say they have received responses from almost 90 per cent of clubs in the fifth and sixth tiers, and the majority were in favour of terminating the campaigns.

But there is still no decision on the outcomes of leagues with the National League adding that they are “under careful consideration”.

The Hamlet defeated Hemel Hempstead Town 2-1 on March 14, a result which kept them out of the relegation zone. At the top of the table, Wealdstone were three points clear of Havant & Waterlooville with nine games left for the only automatic promotion spot.

A statement from the National League said: “Clubs were asked to support an ordinary resolution on 9 April to end the Playing Season for all fixtures scheduled up to and including 25 April 2020.

“With almost 90% of responses returned it is evident a clear majority of Clubs are in favour, including a majority of Clubs in each of the National League, National League North and National League South divisions.

“In the knowledge that the ordinary resolution has passed, the League’s Board has chosen to communicate the decision now and before the last few responses are received, which will not change the outcome, to enable Clubs to make business decisions with greater clarity as soon as possible. Clubs yet to respond still have an opportunity to do so, and the League wishes to include as many preferences as possible before the final voting result is declared.

“In consideration of the very serious and unprecedented national public health emergency caused by the coronavirus, National League, National League North and National League South football activities have been suspended since 16 March. The options concerning the sporting outcomes of the 2019/20 season remain under careful and timely consideration, and further updates will be given in due course.”

National League Chief Executive Officer, Michael Tattersall, added: “At a time when the entire country is wrestling with the devastating impact of Covid-19, the cancellation of the remaining normal season matches brings a degree of certainty to our Clubs coping with the business implications of the virus.”

The Hamlet said: “The National League have announced that in accordance with the votes of member clubs, the remainder of the season has been cancelled

“We have a series of updates lined up for the Hamlet faithful, keep a eye on our feeds and website over the next few days.”

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