DORCHESTER manager Leigh Robinson believes the FA had no option but to void the majority of non-league football amid the “horrific” coronavirus pandemic.

Robinson, who took charge of the Magpies in early January, oversaw two victories in 10 games on the sidelines, missing the 3-0 loss to Hendon.

The BetVictor Southern Premier South strugglers’ battle to avoid the drop meant Robinson’s men were 11 points off Yate in the final safe spot when all divisions across Steps 3 to 7 were voided.

With the FA handling a kaleidoscope of complex factors, Robinson feels there was no alternative but to terminate the season – a decision on Thursday ratified by the FA Council.

He told Echosport: “It’s difficult for me to comment on. People will say I’m managing the club that’s benefitted from this.

“I totally understand that for teams pushing for promotion it would be hugely challenging.

“In this day and age, mathematically anything can happen. You could go out there and win or lose every game so I can’t see how it could be done on (points per game).

“The thing I was concerned about – and was happy that didn’t happen – is that the calendar didn’t get messed with.

“Football, for God knows how many years, has started pre-season in July, the season in August and ends in April or the beginning of May.

“It would’ve been really weird if this season had been paused, started again in maybe September and then for a long time after that the calendar is out of sync.

“I don’t believe the FA had any other choice. I do appreciate the teams at the top have put a lot of work in and will be frustrated.

“We have to look at it and say ‘there are a lot more important things going on than football at the moment’. Look at the infection and death rates – it’s absolutely horrific.”