KARL NASH insists Dursley Town’s side are worthy Stroud League Division One champions.

With the FA halting the grassroots season, Dursley looked set to see their memorable campaign go up in smoke. However, the Stroud League have now resolved the matter and have awarded Town the title.

Player-manager Nash led Dursley to 19 wins from 21 games, which included just one defeat and a draw.

“Promotion is fantastic for me, and team,” said Nash.

“I set my target at the start of the year with my assistant James Thompson, to win the league, and although it was cut short, in my eyes we are worthy champions and I’m delighted the Stroud League decided not to null and void the league.”

Dursley are set to return to the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League for the first time in two years. And pending approval, Nash is confident promotion will be ratified, he added: “This has been a fantastic achievement for the boys and myself and all the hard work has paid off.”

A statement on the Stroud League website, said: “Whilst we appreciate that the use of PPG to determine the season’s records is by no means a perfect system, we believe that it is a vastly superior option than merely expunging the records of this weather affected season, where so much effort has gone into completing at least two thirds of the season.

“We trust that by implementing this option, that we will mitigate the concerns of individual clubs who may have preferred to have just written off the season.”