THE Pitching In Northern Premier League board are among the league authorities backing a cancellation of the current season.

The boards of the Trident Leagues, which compromises of the NPL, the Southern League and the Isthmian League at Steps 3 and Steps 4, say that they are all in favour of the 2020/21 following the 2019/20 season in being declared null and void.

The move comes following this week's introduction of a third national lockdown and the subsequent decision to only allow 'Elite sport' to continue, meaning that only football in Step 2 and above can take place.

In the NPL, which includes Tadcaster Albion and Pickering Town in its north/west division, the majority of sides of sides have played less than ten league matches of the scheduled 36 and it looks almost impossible for the full fixture list to be completed by early May.

As part of their statement, the NPL said that all fixtures up to and including March 6 have been postponed and member clubs will now be give their views to the league in a survey to decide the best way forward.

A statement issued by the NPL read: "The board of the Northern Premier League has, together with our fellow Trident Leagues, reviewed the implications of the latest Government lockdown.

"The matter was also discussed at length by the FA’s Alliance Committee earlier this week.

"In order to reach a decision that will apply across Steps 3 & 4 in the National League System, and which is informed by the views of all clubs at Steps 3 & 4, clubs will shortly be asked by the Football Association to provide their views on whether the 2020/21 season should be terminated and, if not, what the alternative should be.

"Independent of that survey, all three of the Trident League’s boards hold the view that the season should cease immediately and be declared null and void.

"The ultimate decision lies with The FA Council, following a proposal made by the Alliance Committee but no proposal will be drafted until clubs’ views have been collated and assessed.

"In the meantime, the Northern Premier League is postponing all fixtures up to and including Saturday 6th March since there is no suggestion that the national lockdown will be lifted prior to this date.

"The League will continue to provide its Member Clubs with updates as and when it is able to do so."