A fourth club resign from their league which like so many between Steps 3 and 6 has been declared null and void due to the coronavirus.
South Normanton Athletic are the latest team to withdraw from their division, following the likes of non league sides Marlow United (withdrew), Brackley Town Saints (withdrew) and NKF Burbage (folded).
A club statement posted on social media read: “Is it with great sadness that South Normanton Athletic Have resigned from the Midland League.
“We would like to thank the Midland Football League for the opportunity of playing in this league.
“After a decision has been made to drop South Normanton out of the non league pyramid by chairman Phil Bailey, the club have decided to relieve management team and club treasurer and secretary Richard Strzyzewski from their roles within the club.
Manager Marc Strzyzewski had the following to say: “On hearing the news I was completely shocked and didn’t quite believe it as first. I was told the decision to drop the club down was to save the future but this has come without any suggestion the club was in any kind of danger. I’ve become very involved at South Normanton and worked hard on and off the pitch with the clubs best interests at heart along with helping the finances in every way possible. Myself, Thom Kellogg, and Lee Mitchell are absolutely devastated with the decision.
“When we took on the challenge of South Normanton our objective was to assemble and bring a team that for this level understood what it meant to be part of something that could involve the community and a team that could not only compete at step 5 but one that could progress even more so. Looking back from where we have come from and what values we have installed as a group we believe in a lot of ways we achieved our goal and began to really put South Normanton on the map.
“It is a shame that all the progress is to be all in vain after this decision has been made. We completely understand at any level the clubs interests must come first but to not even be told plans or given a choice to even carry on is a real shame. We feel the whole situation could of been dealt with more transparency to ease the pain of letting go of something we have become so attached to. It’s left a lot of people including the players at a loose end. You only have to look at last season by breaking records in the FA Cup, reaching the last 32 of the FA vase and defeating all odds to reach the Derbyshire senior cup final. So to be told the club isn’t in good shape to continue is so difficult to swallow.
“We’d like to thank all of you for your support over the last 2 years and to see it grow like it has was truly incredible and something we will never forget.
“Although this isn’t the end we wanted, it’s been an amazing experience for us and one we really didn’t want to let go of but sadly it’s out of our hands.”
Fans and others within the non league community reacted as a fourth club resign from their league and relieve staff members…
Diasppointing, but hope you come back stronger, really enjoyed my visit to you a few years back
— Russell Cox (@RussWWFC) April 5, 2020
Sorry to hear this, All the best for the future guys! #shiners
— STAY AT HOME! (@TiviFCofficial) April 5, 2020
— brian_damaged (@brian_damaged) April 5, 2020
All the best for the future guys! Sorry to hear that!
— Sporting Khalsa (@SportingKhalsa) April 5, 2020
Sorry to hear your leaving the league but great you will continue as a club, only played you once but you have a top management team doing a great job. All the best in the future.
— Jason (lanzi) (@JasonLanns) April 5, 2020
Its sad to see a club drop levels but main thing is to keep the club going
With attendances in the league being so poor it will be interesting in the future after Covid how clubs plan for the future without revenue.
Main thing at the moment, Stay Safe.
— Richard Evans (@Richarde1966) April 5, 2020
Shame – seemed a great club and set up when I visited back in 2011 for the 6-1 groundhop win against FC Bilsthorpe – good luck with the future pic.twitter.com/Z20Urmv03Q
— Park2Prem (@Park2Prem) April 5, 2020
Yes we will continue as a club but what step or standard is yet to be decided. Thanks ?
— South Normanton Ath FC (@officialshiners) April 5, 2020
Sorry to hear that, enjoyed my visit this season with @TiviFCofficial besides the result. A good club with a team comfortable at this level. All the best for the future
— Paul Knight (@paulknight1976) April 5, 2020
Oh dear. This can't be good.
— Mark James Rose (@refrigeratorcar) April 5, 2020