YORK City have expressed their "disappointment" after plans to set up a Step 2 mini-league were rejected.

The FA Alliance Committee rejected the proposal by some clubs in the Vanarama National Leagues North and South - including York - to create a mini-league for those sides who wished to continue playing in 2020/21, after the vote to null and void Step 2.

Had the mini-league gone ahead, two sides would have been promoted to the National League.

But, the Committee backed the continuation of the National League at Step 1 only and supported the decision to null and void Step 2, with no promotion or relegation.

In response, a York City statement read: "Throughout the past 12 months York City Football Club has shown a steadfast commitment to playing football.

"Therefore we’re naturally disappointed with the decision, especially after backing the alternative proposal, keeping the team fit and preparing to resume play as soon as possible.

"Now the decision has been ratified by the FA, we will take some time to assess our next steps and plan ahead for the 2021/22 season to put the club in the best position for promotion next campaign.

"We thank fans for their continued support throughout this period and look forward to welcoming crowds to the LNER Community Stadium later in the year."