YORK City will miss out on promotion to the National League under the league’s proposed method of resolving the season, it has been widely reported.

The proposal would see the league placings decided via points-per-game (PPG), meaning that Vanarama National League North leaders York would fall below King’s Lynn Town, who were two points behind City with two games in hand when the season was suspended in March amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The top clubs from the National League North and South would then be promoted.

But the play-offs in the sixth tier will not take place due to government guidelines stating that only sport that qualifies as “elite” will be allowed to return behind-closed-doors.

Given that the majority of clubs in the sixth tier are part-time those play-off matches do not qualify as “elite sport”.

Clubs have until Monday to vote on this.

According to King’s Lynn Town owner Stephen Cleeve, speaking on his ‘I Bought a Football Club’ podcast, League regulations state that the only way a second team can be promoted is through the play-offs.

Cleeve said that he understands that York will to ask the League to allow them to be promoted as runners-up.

“Are the National League then going to allow York to pass a special resolution to allow the second (placed) team to be promoted, if there can be no play-offs? I believe that is York’s aim,” he said.

Cleeve said that there will be calls from sixth-tier clubs to the government to allow them play play-off matches.

Despite the two club’s battling against one another at the top for the majority of the season, he said he’d like York to be promoted.

“I fully believe that if the play-offs cannot happen, the second (placed) club needs to be promoted... it must happen,” he said. “Putting rivalries to the side, you have to do the right thing.

“If there is a vote on that this afternoon (yesterday), I will be voting for that motion.” Cleeve also advocated for the individual votes by the clubs to be made public.