DARLINGTON Football Club have decided to vote for the National League North season to be null and voided.

The league sent all 66 clubs a list of resolutions on Monday, which asked them to vote on whether they wanted the National League, or the North and South Divisions, to continue depending on which division they play in.

Quakers revealed their vote after learning that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s stance towards loans will not change, so the club said they are unwilling to take on the burden of a six-figure debt to simply complete the season after being assured by the league at the start of the season that grants would be available for the whole season.

In a statement, the club said: “In each case, we have voted for the resolution – in summary, we have voted for the league season to be declared null and void. We believe that funding for the rest of the season should be in the form of grants and not loans.

“We would like to thank Peter Gibson, the MP for Darlington, for his help in pushing our case at ministerial level at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and in the House of Commons. He has been in regular contact with Darlington FC chief executive officer David Johnston in the last fortnight.

“We will keep our supporters updated as to further developments.”

Bradford Park Avenue are also talking in similar terms, but league leaders Gloucester City want to carry on. Chester have asked the league for more information.

In the league above, Hartlepool are believed to be voting in favour of the league continuing.

Clubs have 28 days to send their votes in to the league, which has told clubs that league matches should restart on Saturday.

In turn, some clubs, such as Kettering, have told the league that they will not play and are asking for a suspension of another week.