Moneyfields defender Sam Pearce: Why are we still waiting for an FA decision on 2020/21?

Sam Pearce is unsure why 'non-elite' clubs are still being made to wait for a decision on how the current season will be concluded.

Friday, 12th February 2021, 10:48 am
Moneyfields defender Sam Pearce believes the FA should have ended the non-league seasons a few months ago. Picture: Vernon Nash

The former Hawks and Gosport Borough defender, now at Moneyfields, insists it's inevitable the campaign will be declared 'null and void' - and the authorities should have made the move months ago.

Yet, uncertainty still remains for clubs operating at step three and below over how the 2020-21 season will be finished.

All teams from steps 3-6 were canvassed for their views on how to bring the campaign to a close via an FA survey last month.

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But for Pearce and his Moneys team-mates, along with fellow players at staff at 'non-elite' levels across England, the wait for a definitive answer goes on.

Although the defender, whose team have played just FOUR Southern League Division 1 South matches this term, can only see one outcome.

Pearce said: ‘It’s quite obvious (season outcome), they’re not going to get the season done.

‘We can’t even go and see our friends and family at the moment so even contemplating going into a dressing room or travelling to Bristol or whatever to play a game of football - it’s not going to happen.

‘They probably could have done it in January or December.

‘As soon as they announced the national lockdown and you’re not coming out of it until the end of February - we’ve played four league games this season - it’s not going to happen.

‘Why they haven’t done it, like I say, three months ago I do not know.

'Especially at our level, I understand it at the higher levels where the clubs can afford to pay people and stuff, they’re getting streaming money.

‘I think from the Conference South down they could have called it a long time ago.'

Pearce admitted it's been a 'difficult' period not being able to do what he loves.

The 34-year-old said it's been made even harder knowing that he might not have too many seasons left as a player.

‘It’s obviously difficult, especially someone like my age who’s getting towards the back end of it, you just want to play,' said Pearce.

‘I haven’t got 15 years left like some of the lads have and that.

‘You just want to enjoy it and play. You miss the lads, you miss the banter, you miss playing but there’s lots more important things going on in the world at the minute so you learn to live with it a bit.'