The Scarborough News Sunday League suffered a huge blow just weeks ahead of the new season after one of their oldest and most established clubs, West Pier Reserves, resigned.
Andy Goodwin’s side have quit just a couple of months after celebrating winning the Goalsports Trophy, citing a lack of players as the reason for their resignation.
This comes as a fresh blow to league chairman Mark Plumpton, who was expecting to welcome a new side into the league in Whitby-based First Inn Last Out, only for the club to turn up late for the meeting and their application to be subsequently refused by the member clubs.
This means that the first division will consist of just nine teams this season, with 12 operating in the second division after Pier’s exit.
A disappointed Plumpton said: “It was very disappointing to go into a meeting expecting to add another club to the league, only to come away with one less than before. “It’s a huge blow to lose an established side like West Pier Reserves. You could have listed all the clubs in the second division from last season and they’d have been the last team I’d have expected to quit.
“It is just very frustrating after all the work we’ve put in to try and progress the league.
“It looked like we were going to gain another team and get closer to getting things back to three divisions, now it’s just another step back for us.
“Everyone has told us that last season was one of the best they can remember in the Sunday League and we thought things were moving forward, but to lose an established side like West Pier Reserves just sets us back.”