New trio join Scarboro’ Sunday League

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Three new teams were voted in at the Scarborough News Sunday League Annual General Meeting at the Working Men’s Club, Scarborough.

Heslerton, Angel and Fylingdales Reserves all had their applications rubber-stamped by the member clubs, while the resignations of Strongwood, Filey Flyers Reserves and Scarborough Sports were also confirmed.

Heslerton will play at their West Heslerton base, managed by Dean Storry, with players from last year’s Heslerton under-16s as well as the two senior teams - who play in the Beckett League - set to line up for the new boys.

Bob Fairline, who had a spell managing Scarborough Sports last season, is in charge of the new Angel side, which is mainly made up of young players, as is the case with the Fylingdales Reserves side, which played many friendly games last season.

There will only be 14 league games per side next season as each division comprises of eight teams.

There was also a new rule regarding substitutes, with third division teams being allowed to use rolling substitutions in the league next season, while divisions one and two will remain at three subs chosen from five named.

There was some heated debate as the clubs struggled to reach a decision on this, but eventually the new rule, encouraged by the FA for leagues to trial next season, was adopted by the Scarborough League.

Another major change is that games will now kick off at 11am, a half-hour later than the usual 10.30am kick-off for league games.

Cup games run by the league will also kick off a half-hour later at 10.30am.

Also voted in was the splitting of match fees for referees between the two teams, as opposed to the home team paying each time.

The league’s referees supremo Nigel Trotter also told the clubs there could be major problems next season as only eight refs were on the league list at the moment. The league are set to launch a new course for training new refs, and have offered to pay half the course fees (£60 of the £120 fee)of any refs who will then go on to take charge of Sunday League fixtures.

Another new rule was in connection to social media, players being warned not to name individuals in any critical tweets or Facebook postings or they would face disrepute charges.

The league committee revealed that the North Riding FA had rejected the league’s proposal to use a play-off to decide the title if teams finished level on points at the top of a division.

This had been suggested after the league title race went to the final weekend, Trafalgar winning on goal difference ahead of newlands when their opponents Seamer could only raise a heavily depleted team, allowing Traf to race clear on goal difference with a hammering of the village team.

Two clubs have changed their names, Sun becoming Roscoes Bar and West Riding and their reserves becoming Tennyson and Tennyson Reserves.

The Scarborough FA secretary Keith Sales reminded clubs that they had until Monday July 1 to send in their entry forms for the Scarborough FA Sunday Cup.

The season is set to start with midweek games on Tuesday August 27 and finish by May 31 2014.

Ayton manager Mark Plumpton was voted in as league chairman after the resignation of Wendy Kneeshaw, while Tennyson chief Billy Johnson replaced Karen Walker as registration secretary. Newlands boss Joe Hakings also joined the league committee.

Sunday League constitution for 2013/2014 season

Division one

Trafalgar, Newlands, West Pier, Klosters, Seamer, Filey Flyers, Shakespeare, Tennyson (formerly West Riding).

Division two

Trafalgar Reserves, Fylingdales, it is it is, West Pier Reserves, Roscoes Bar (formerly Sun Inn), Cayton, Whitby, Commercial.

Division three

Ayton, Newlands Reserves, Tennyson Reserves, Alma, Castle, Fylingdales Res, Angel, Heslerton.