LEAMINGTON have held firm in their stance against participating in a competition to replace the National League North/South which would offer a conclusion to the curtailed 2020/21 campaign.
With non-League clubs nationwide still coming to terms with the Football Association’s decision to bring the 2020/21 campaign to an early close – the second season in succession not to have been completed – the subsequent ramifications in regards to promotion and relegation between divisions are now being questioned.
The situation is no different for the Brakes’ rivals at Step Two of the non-League pyramid, with some – including North leaders Gloucester City – participating in friendlies as a means of keeping players fit, in the event that a mini-league to help settle final league standings should come to fruition.
Plans for the replacement competition at Step Two, which would combine both the National League North and South, would allow teams choosing to participate to earn a shot at potential promotion – with one automatic spot and one spot via the play-off route giving clubs the opportunity to gain entry into the National League.
If the revised league gets the green light from the National League, it is expected that either 15 or 16 teams will take part, with each side facing each other once.
However, Leamington, as per a club statement, have made it clear they Warwickshire side will not be entering themselves into any further match action prior to the 2021/22 season.
“Having fully considered the options, we have advised the National League that we do not wish to be considered for participation,” the club said.
“All focus of the club is now targeted towards addressing our financial situation to ensure we are in the best place possible for season 2021/2022.”