MALDON and Tiptree manager Wayne Brown feels the controversial decision to end the non-league football season below the National League will ‘run and run’.

All results in steps three to seven in men’s non-league football will be expunged and promotion and relegation scrapped, following the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 150 non-league clubs have backed a nine-page letter which calls for a “thorough consultation” over the end of the campaign, which was cancelled on March 26.

They want a consultation, before the FA Council meets to confirm the decision.

Maldon have been denied the chance to earn promotion to the premier division, much to boss Brown’s frustration.

Brown said: “I’m sure that this will run and run and I don’t think this is the end of it, by any means.

“Clubs are not willing to just write off the season.

“There’s a great deal of people who have been affected by this decision.

“It affects teams who are striving to go up and who are striving to get into the top six.

“I’m sure many other teams will be delighted that the season is over given their position in the table but those clubs have still forked out thousands of pounds on things like travel.

“At Premier League and EFL level, there’s an awful lot of finance and sponsorship on a big scale and I get that there is a bit of difference between that and non-league football.

“But chairman and owners at our level have put a great deal of money in – does this decision mean that that money is worth less than that in the top flight?

“We also have supporters who pay a lot of money throughout the season to watch their team at our level and there are volunteers who give up their precious time every single week to try and help the club run sufficiently.

“There’s also the employees of the club and board members who have been a part of it for many years.”

Maldon are 14 points clear at the top of Isthmian League division north with 12 games to play but have been denied the chance to earn promotion.

“Some other teams have nine or ten games left to play," added the former Colchester United promotion winner.

“I think it would be different if we were in this situation and we were halfway through the season and there were 16 or 17 games left.

“We are 14 points clear at the top and there are people who might argue that we could lose all of our 12 remaining games, between now and the end of the season.

“We could try to find a way to conclude it through points per game or wait for this tragic, awful virus to blow over and finish the season."