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Null and void decision looks set to end Debenham LC's FA Cup hopes




Manager Guy Hayes has conceded Debenham LC will have to take the FA’s decision to expunge their 2019/20 results on the chin.

Pending approval from the FA’s Council, it has been decided all league seasons from Steps 3-6 on the non-league ladder will be declared null and void due to the coronavirus pandemic.

For Thurlow Nunn League First Division North outfit Debenham, this has stopped their pursuit of a place in next season’s FA Cup in its tracks.

01/02/2020, Debenham, UK. ..Football action from Debenham v Coplestonians - manager Guy Hayes..Photo by Mark Bullimore. (32855858)
01/02/2020, Debenham, UK. ..Football action from Debenham v Coplestonians - manager Guy Hayes..Photo by Mark Bullimore. (32855858)

Entry into the world’s oldest cup competition is determined on a points-per-game basis, and with the form the ninth-placed Hornets were in before everything ground to a halt, they looked a good bet to meet the criteria.

“First and foremost health and safety for everyone is the most important thing, but it is frustrating we are not able to finish the fixtures,” said Hayes.

“There are pros and cons. If you are at the bottom of the league you are happy, if you are going for promotion then you are disappointed.

“That does not impact on us because we were ninth, but we were going for a place in the FA Cup.

“We still had the bottom six teams in the league left to play and while you cannot take anything for granted, we had a favourable fixture list.

“We had made a couple of signings recently, were in good form and felt we would get enough points to get us there.

“But we just have to accept it, there is nothing we can do. It is a blow because of the revenue that the FA Cup provides, but we will get on with it and the task is to make sure it happens for us next season.”



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