OXFORD City say they want the Vanarama National League season to continue after a £10m government grant expired.

Clubs were give three choices for the remainder of the campaign following meetings with competition bosses yesterday.

It comes after the £10m share of the government’s winter survival package reached its three-month expiry, with further grant funding ruled out.

Interim general manager of the National League, Mark Ives, asked teams whether they wanted to access individual loans, share a central loan or suspend the campaign altogether.

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Oxford City, who are fifth in National League South, tweeted in response: “The board have met and we want the season to continue but are currently considering the options.”

Grants will now only be handed out in exceptional circumstances, with £11m in loans available to clubs over the next three months.

A suspension is thought to be a last resort and could see the National League lose ‘elite’ status, which allows it to continue during the coronavirus lockdown.

Some clubs were against the method used by the competition’s board to distribute the initial £10m across its 66 members.

Teams were split into four bands, with the same amount going to every side in each section.

Each club in the lowest bracket received £30,000, while those at the other end of the scale all got £95,000.

The National League’s board is set to hold further discussions today, with a view to holding another meeting with clubs tomorrow.

National League South only has 21 clubs this season and this weekend is City's turn to miss a game.