YORK City say they have contacted the National League in support of starting the season as originally intended.

Following this week's Government announcement that fans' returns to live matches will be delayed beyond early October, clubs have expressed reluctance to start the season without spectators or funding.  

For the Minstermen, though, they say it is in their best interests to get back to competitive action.

The National League board is understood to be meeting today.

A club statement reads: "York City Football Club has contacted the National League to confirm that we support starting the season as planned. 

"We realise that this does not align with the stance of all clubs in the league, however every club's situation is unique and individual decisions must be taken in these extreme circumstances.

"For York City, it is in our best interests to start the season as scheduled behind closed doors as outlined by the government, put out our newly formed squad who are under contract and have undertaken pre-season training, engage with our fans and try to create some much needed income for the club."