FOOTBALL: Any lingering hopes Downham Town had of being promoted this season have been dashed by the Football Association.

The FA had decreed that all football from tiers three to seven of the non-League game, including the Eastern Counties League, would be declared null and void with no promotions or relegations.

However, strong protests from many clubs saw the matter referred back to the FA. Unfortunately for Town and other clubs in a similar position, and in some cases having already earned enough points to go up, the FA Council ratified the original decision.

A joint statement from the Norfolk FA, Anglian Combination, Central & South Norfolk League, Mid Norfolk Youth League and North West Norfolk League, among others, said they had also agreed to expunge all results for their competitions, declaring the season null and void.

The leagues did have the option to decide league positions and promotions and relegations by a point per game calculation but voted against it.

The one league that did go with the alternative option was the Norfolk Combined Youth League, in which Feltwell were crowned u16 Division One champions, despite being outside the top two on actual games played.

An Anglian Combination spokesman said: “Where a team has already mathematically secured a league title, at the discretion of the league committee, mementoes may be awarded.

“While there is technically no promotion/relegation when results have been expunged, a league can use rule 2(L) to place teams into divisions next season, subject to the approval of the member clubs at an AGM or SGM.”