OXFORD City's Vanarama National League South season has been cancelled with immediate effect.

Clubs had been asked to vote on their preferred outcome of the campaign after a £10m government grant expired last month.

And 24 of the 43 sides in National Leagues North and South opted for the season to be declared null and void, passing the threshold of 51 per cent.

The National League will continue, though, after only seven clubs voted for the campaign to end.

It is a huge blow for City, who were fourth in the table and wanted to play on.

David Oldfield's side remain in the Buildbase FA Trophy, but their campaign will end altogether if they lose at Notts County in next Saturday's quarter-final.

National Leagues North and South were suspended for a fortnight on January 22 after their £10m slice of the government's coronavirus winter survival package, shared with the National League, ran out.

The competition had only been promised loans for the remainder of the season, while no regular Covid testing programme was in place - despite all three divisions being classed as elite sport.

On February 1, league organisers distributed resolutions for members to vote on, which decided the outcome of the season.

Matches resumed on February 6, but some clubs refused to play on until the situation was resolved. 

The results of the resolutions were released this evening, with clubs voting for the National Leagues North and South to decide the outcome of their divisions separately from the National League.