TALKS are ongoing between clubs and the National League about proposals to form a 'mini-league' for clubs at Step 2.

York City were one of 19 clubs to put their name to a letter encouraging the National League to allow a competition to take place for clubs who want to continue playing and push for promotion.

Most of the 24 clubs who voted to have the season declared null and void play in National League North. City were one of seven sides from the division to want to continue, along with 12 in National League South.

Originally sent to Mark Ives, the National League's interim general manager, a week and a half ago, the league is still prepared to listen to proposals from the clubs who want to play and see if further matches can take place.

Any agreement would require the approval of the Football Association.

Meanwhile, Tadcaster Albion will not be pursuing a supplementary formal competition following the curtailment of their league season.

The Brewers ply their trade, along with near-neighbours Pickering Town, in the Northern Premier League north/west division, which was declared null and void last week.

That decision came in the wake of the National League's North and South divisions being cut short as leagues and their constituent clubs feel the financial bite of coronavirus restrictions on fans, and now sees all regular league action from Steps 2 to 6 cancelled.

Some Step 7 leagues are following suit, while others are preparing to carry on when playing activity restrictions end.

The Southern League (Steps 3 and 4) is still considering an extra competition but the chairman of the Northern Premier League (also Steps 3 and 4) Mark Harris appears to have ruled out such a conference, as has the Isthmian league.

Taddy chairman Andy Charlesworth is in tune with this call. He said: "The decision of the Football Association’s Alliance & League Committees came as no surprise as it was clear that when this lockdown was announced, we would never have been able to complete all the matches.

"Tadcaster Albion had, at the time of the decision to curtail the league, completed just eight games out of a total of 36 and to gear up and finish by the end of May would not have been feasible.

"To have extended the timeframe for completion was fraught with problems on and off the pitch while current guidelines suggest that every game up to the middle of May would be behind closed doors.

"This is not sustainable for most clubs in Steps 3 to 6 of non-league football.

"So now we will focus on getting the facility ready for next season and we will be focusing on pre-season games in July."