The following is a statement from manager Bren Kelly, looking at the current situation, plus his reflections on the season, thank yous and a message to all fans.
“Hi everyone. Just a little message whilst we are all in isolation.
“First of all, I would like to express my gratitude to those involved in tackling the COVID-19 virus – everyone in the NHS and on the front line, trying to save lives and keep us all safe.
“When the decision was made to void the league, I wasn’t surprised. The country is going through a national crisis that it has never experienced before, so I wasn’t shocked.
“On the football side of it, I was disappointed, as I felt we gave ourselves more than a good chance of a fourth promotion, but it wasn’t to be.
“Since last August, there has been lots of up and downs but far more ups in my opinion; beating Tamworth twice, the 4-0 against (then) table toppers Hednesford, the win against Stourbridge on New Year’s Day and the away win at Banbury to name a few.
“We more than held our own and to be fourth in the league and in a cup final at the time of the league being scrapped is progressive in my opinion.
“I would like to thank Mike Burke (chairman) & Graham Scott (director of football/vice chairman) for all their support. They have backed me since day one and our relationship is as strong as ever.
“The rest of the board have also been excellent with me so I want to thank them too. I must also mention Dave Stephens – what a guy he is, a brilliant Secretary.
“I also want to thank all the volunteers at the club that help run it so smoothly – the catering staff, bar staff, stewards, groundsmen, the club shop staff and everyone that helps out on a regular basis.
“I would also like to thank Alan Horton and his staff for the production of another strong U18’s team – this year, yet again, we have players involved with the first team, which is great.
“A huge huge thank you to the Sporting faithful – the best around. Literally, you guys keep the lads going. You are the heartbeat of the club and the community; we would not be where we are without you.
“The crowds rose again this year and I cannot thank you enough, home and away you are incredible. I hope to see you all again very soon. I must add, excellent work from Lee Timmins for arranging the away game buses for fans too.
“Last but not least the players; they have a big job putting up with me and my huge standards and demands I put on them, but they have been amazing.
“I’m only tough on them because I know that they can handle it and they like to be pushed to get better and better.
“They have given me their all and although we are only a few weeks into the no football zone, I miss them all already.
“They are a super set of lads and they are gutted at how things have panned out but they will rise again and try to continue to bring you all good performances, goals, trophies and memories.
“Stay safe everyone and I will see you soon. Bren.”