‘The best option would be to scrap the Wessex League season’ – Baffins Milton assistant boss Danny Thompson
Baffins Milton Rovers assistant boss Danny Thompson believes the ‘best option’ is to scrap the current Wessex League season.
The league have suspended all fixtures until a review on Monday, January 18, after all but six clubs voted to stop playing when asked whether they wanted to carry on as usual over the festive period.
But Thompson - whose club is one of three out 39 in the Wessex currently in a tier 4 region - is in favour of ‘knocking it on the head’ now.
‘With what went on at the weekend, I don’t think a lot is going to change in January,' he declared.
'You’re looking at six weeks of doing nothing with the squad not getting together, no training, you’d have to have a couple of weeks (training) before we restarted.
‘Is it really worth it? At the end of the day we’re in a global pandemic and people’s lives are more important than kicking a football around on a Saturday afternoon.
‘Maybe the best option is to scrap it now before it gets too far.
'Who knows, if we got going again we might have another situation where we get locked down.
‘It’s just too stop-start, really.
‘The best option would be, while we’ve not gone too far, would be to scrap it and knock it on the head.
Write 2020 off, it’s been a nightmare, and hopefully go again come July sort of time.'
Thompson conceded teams at the top, including leaders Hamworthy and second-placed Lymington, would be unhappy with a decision to cancel the season.
He would know how they feel, though - he was on the receiving end in 2019/20 when the FA decision to cancel steps 3-6 prevented his Infinity side from probable promotion from the Hampshire Premier League to the Wessex League.
‘We’ve only played 13 league games, we’ve not even broke the back of the season really,' added Thompson.
‘Last season, I think that was the right thing to do, to null and void it. No-one can really argue with that.
‘I know it’s probably a bit harsh on the teams who are at the top and the likes of Lymington who are doing really well.
‘The only teams it will benefit are the ones at the bottom if you do scrap the season.
'You’re going to get arguments whatever way you do it, you’re not going to keep everyone happy.
‘At the end of the day, it’s the health and welfare of people you’ve got to look after.'