POOLE Town’s hopes of promotion could be dashed due to the coronavirus pandemic – with Southern League fixtures now suspended until at least March.

The view of the league’s board is also that the campaign “should cease immediately and be declared null and void”.

Tom Killick’s men are currently top of the table in Southern League South, having picked up 19 points from seven games.

But hopes of Poole’s return to National South look bleak again, with clubs across the Trident League system, including the Isthmian and Northern Leagues, set to give their views on the current season before a final decision is made by the FA Council.

The decision would also affect Wimborne Town, who occupy 13th spot in the table.

A statement from Southern League operations manager Jason Mills said: “The Board of the Pitching In Southern Football League has, together with its fellow Trident Leagues, reviewed the implications of the latest government lockdown.

“The matter was also discussed at length by the FA’s Alliance Committee earlier this week.

“In order to reach a decision that will apply across Steps Three & Four in the National League System, and which is informed by the views of all clubs at Steps Three & Four, clubs will shortly be asked by the Football Association to provide views on whether the 2020-21 season should be terminated and, if not, what the alternative should be.

“This will take the form of a short survey.

“Independent of that survey, all three of the Trident League’s Boards hold the view that the season should cease immediately and be declared null and void.

“The ultimate decision lies with the FA Council, following a proposal made by the Alliance Committee but no proposal will be drafted until clubs’ views have been collated and assessed.

“In the meantime, the Pitching In Southern Football League is postponing all fixtures up to and including Saturday, March 6, since there is no suggestion that the national lockdown will be lifted prior to said date.

“The league will continue to provide its Member Clubs with updates as and when it is able to do so.”