THE fate of Barrow AFC is drawing ever closer as National League clubs have been asked to give their views on how the season should end.

The league has written to clubs giving them a deadline of this Friday to bring forward ideas - with the feasibility of holding play-offs in the balance.

The National League board will then have the final decision and is set to meet again early next week.

Clubs have been notified that the number of promotion places across their three divisions could potentially be changed.

A letter sent to all 68 clubs on Monday warned that if either the National League play-offs do not take place, or League Two in the English Football League (EFL) is not completed, then “it is quite possible that the promotion place for a play-off winner could be jeopardised”. If the EFL does not finish its season, then bottom club Stevenage are likely to avoid the drop with only one team coming up.

In the letter, the board says there is no formal system to determine the final league tables across the National League, National League North and National League South.

But three possible scenarios are mentioned: to expunge all results, confirm clubs' final league placing as of now or to calculate them on a mathematical formula.

Barrow currently sit top of the National League, four points clear of nearest rivals Harrogate, after fixtures were suspended on March 16.

There was scheduled to be one automatic promotion place awarded to the league winners with a second spot to be decided by the play-offs. Notts County lie in third, with Yeovil, Boreham Wood, FC Halifax Town and Stockport County occupying the remaining play-off places.

Manager Ian Evatt said Barrow should rightfully be promoted to the Football League.

“I have no idea how it’s going to go," Evatt told Talksport Radio this week.

"It’s a difficult situation, everybody has an agenda here, everyone wants what is best for their club. I’m just hoping that clubs see it as the season being nearly finished, there are only seven games left for some clubs in our league and we have been the best team over that period."