Hawks boss Paul Doswell 'totally unsurprised' as National League South and North season declared null and void

Paul Doswell admitted he was 'totally unsurprised' after the National League South and North season was declared null and void.

Thursday, 18th February 2021, 8:40 pm
Hawks boss Paul Doswell. Picture: Dave Haines

Clubs across step two have been informed their campaigns have been scrapped with immediate effect.

The National League released the results from their season resolution vote, with 24 teams across south and north divisions opting to null and void.

Doswell says finally receiving a verdict after an agonising wait over the past few weeks will have come as a 'relief' to all clubs at step two level.

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And the Hawks boss insisted the club remain 'respectful' of how other teams opted to voted. Doswell said: ‘I’m totally unsurprised.

‘I think it’s a relief for everyone at the clubs.

‘It’s been the most difficult season for everyone at the club and we come out of it financially in a good place.

‘It’s been untenable, in our opinion, for three or four weeks. Whilst we wanted it to continue, not enough other clubs did, we’re very respectful of every clubs view on this.

‘We’ve certainly withdrawn with good grace and we start planning again for next season.’

Doswell is hoping clubs across the non-league pyramid come through what has been such a difficult period amid the coronavirus pandemic.

But the Hawks boss stated the season scrapping would be 'pill they had to swallow' with clubs at step three to six level now faced up with a second successive 'null and void' campaign.

He added: 'I’ve got massive solidarity with steps three to seven and they had to suffer it last year, had to suffer it again this year.

‘Obviously, it’s our turn to swallow that pill.

‘The most important thing is that clubs that serve mainly the community they’re in keep going.'