Darlington and Spennymoor Town have both lost FA appeals for failing to fulfil fixtures in this season's null and void National League North campaign. 

The Quakers appealed against their £2,000 fine and a suspended two point deducation while Moors did the same with a £4,200 fine and the same suspended points deducation after missing games in January and February of this year. 

The season was suspended for two weeks up until the 6th February over growing uncertainty over the financial sustainability of the league after the government announced that support would come to clubs in the form of loans and not grants. 

An independant appeal board has rejected Darlington's appeal for failing to play games between February 6th (when the temporary suspension of the season ended) to the 17th (when the results of the resolutions to end the season were announced) and the punishment will still stand. The Quakers were due to play Boston United in that time. 

The club have now been ordered to pay an extra £1,600 in appeal costs and say it is currently 'considering it's options'. 

As for Spennymoor, their last competitive game was against Gateshead on 28th December 2020. However, they've had partial success with their appeal with the FA reducing their fine by 50%. Their suspended two points deduction will remain. 

Clubs at National League North level have been financially safeguarding their futures amid the impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Darlington recently raised over £134,000 through their boost the budget campaign. 

The National League North campaign is due to begin on Saturday 14th August.