AFC Telford to focus on next steps

AFC Telford United chiefs met yesterday to discuss the direct consequences of the National League North being declared null and void.

Chairman Andy Pryce held virtual talks with other members of the club’s hierarchy after the outcome of the National League season resolution was finally delivered on Thursday evening.

The club will speak to first-team boss Gavin Cowan, and in turn Telford’s players, about the next few months. Other logistical matters, including the club’s day-to-day running, will be mapped out.

“We got the decision, that’s the main thing,” Pryce said. “We voted for the season to be null and void, we feel it’s the decision in the current circumstance, not just for our club, but for others at this level, it’s the right thing to do, for welfare of players, staff and volunteers.

“Now it’ll take a few days to digest and think about all the consequences a null and void season brings to not only the club but the supporters too.

“I feel the National League itself should carry on, it’s more of an elite, professional, full-time league.

“If there was a way of continuing the season, I’d have been right behind it, because we’re here to play football, if there was a way fairly, safely and with integrity, then we’d have played on.”

Telford have played for every eventuality this season and Pryce said the club will aim to look after their players, staff, volunteers and supporters during the next few months.

The majority of the Bucks squad are out of contract at the New Bucks Head in what was scheduled to be the end of the current campaign at the turn of June. Only forward Jason Oswell, who penned a two-year deal last summer, remains under contract.

Pryce said: "The football club will look at every eventuality and every bit of help we can get, whether that's the furlough scheme or other schemes moving on in the future.

"The football club is always open to investment and people to come on board and help us with the club."

Telford were due to travel to Northamptonshire to Brackley Town today, but no more fixtures at step two will take place this season.

Cowan's Bucks were 14th in National North at the halt of play, with five wins, four draws and eight defeats this term.

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