April 04, 2020

VIDEO: Halt to the season was “inevitable” says Fairford boss

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Fairford Town boss Jody Bevan thought it was “inevitable” that the curtain would come down on the Hellenic League season prematurely because of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Bevan’s side were flying high in third place in the Hellenic Premier and the Fairford manager was quietly confident his side could secure a play-off place come the end of the season.

The FA are expected to confirm the end of the current season in the next few days, and Bevan believes it will be the right decision.

Then comes the small matter of the standings and whether to null and void the season or bring the season to a conclusion via points per game calculations – a decision which would see Fairford miss out any end of season play-offs.

Bevan himself believes the points per game rule is the fairest decision to make.

“I think it was inevitable. I didn’t see how there was any way in the non-league game how you would be expecting clubs to come back in playing games in June or July,” said Bevan.

“Now we just wait to see now how it is deemed to have finished, whether the standings are as they are now, points per game or whether it’s null and void.

“At the moment there are things in life that are far more important than football in all honesty. Whilst football is important, in many ways it is irrelevant really.

“I thought we were in really good shape to really kick on and try and fight Binfield and possibly Westfields all the way to the end of the season, but it’s not to be.

“If it’s done points per game then I’ll be gutted but they’ll be no complaints from me. We have had a fantastic season. We have managed to establish ourselves as a football club and really put ourselves on the map.

“I think the only fair thing to do is points per game, I think that is the way it should be done throughout the country and unfortunately for Fairford that would mean that we are in third place, one outside the play-offs which as I said would have been possible.”

Watch the full interview with Jody Bevan below.

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