Following the announcement by the FA that all leagues at Steps 3 to 6 of the non-league system will be declared “null and void”, Hawks boss Jude Macdonald has reflected on the announcement, our season and current events.
“Of course as a squad and as management staff we are disappointed the season has come to an end. With only 1 loss in 20, we really backed ourselves with 10 games to play to be able to finish strongly, considering our form.
Realistically, it was the only option available to the FA and it’s harsh because teams like Maldon & Tiptree are 14 points clear in the Isthmian North, but it’s unclear what else the FA really could have done. You can’t decide promotions and relegations with over a quarter of a season left, it makes no sense.
I’d like to state our thanks to the players & fans for being so great this season, and to the volunteers who keep our club alive. The likes of Andy Schofield, Simon Stevens, the media team, Nigel, Keith, John, Roy and so many others. Also a thank you to our investors, who have put their valuable money into the club without us having been able to achieve our season targets.
All in all, football isn’t important when there are frontline staff who cannot go home, people who are dying without loved ones around them, and many people losing their jobs.
On Saturday, along with Guernsey FC, we are raising valuable funds for those who need it and we’d like to encourage any people who can spare money to do so.
I’d like to send our best wishes to everybody during this difficult time.”