Colchester’s push for promotion still a possibility?

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SKY BET LEAGUE TWO clubs have voted unanimously to end the 2019/20 regular season, however, with promotion confirmed and the play-offs still to be concluded.

Colchester United occupied a play-off place when football was suspended in early March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. John McGreal’s men would still be able to compete for a place in League One with Exeter City, Cheltenham Town and Northampton Town, while the top three clubs, Swindon Town, Crewe Alexandra and Plymouth Argyle would be promoted.

It is understood League Two clubs favour a weighted points-per-game system to finalise the rest of the table – another regional side, Leyton Orient, are currently seventeenth.

Meanwhile, at the bottom, it has been suggested that Stevenage would avoid relegation to the National League. With the EFL already a team light due to Bury’s expulsion last years, it remains to be seen whether Barrow would be promoted returning the status quo to seventy-two teams.

A statement from the EFL explained;

Having considered the protocols and costs that would be required to be met to conclude the current season, League Two Clubs have unanimously indicated a preferred direction of travel to curtail the campaign in line with the framework outlined by the EFL Board.

In addition, Clubs asked for consideration to be given to suspending relegation to the National League for 2019/20 as a result of circumstances created where fixtures cannot be completed. No commitments were made in this respect and the Board will now consider the implications of the division’s preferred approach at their next meeting

Elsewhere, League One clubs have been unable to reach an agreement and will meet again on Monday.

Southend United Chairman, Ron Martin, is one who believes the campaign should be declared null and void. However, Peterborough United, Oxford United, Sunderland, Fleetwood, Portsmouth and Ipswich Town – all involved in the promotion race – released a joint statement saying they had ‘no desire for voiding the season, points-per-game scenarios or letting a computer decide our footballing fate.’

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Brian Jeeves

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