Sunday football teams bow out at top of their game
Published at 09:07, Monday, 11 June 2012
HEXHAM and District Sunday League has lost two of its high flying teams.
Corbridge Wheatsheaf, who were semi finalists in the prestigious Northumberland FA Sunday County Cup, and third placed finishers Prudhoe Social Club have both called it a day.
Despite both enjoying a successful campaign in Division One, they struggled to field players and decided they could no longer continue.
Their removal from the league has resulted in a shake-up with a second team from Prudhoe Youth Club the only new addition.
Both Corbridge and Prudhoe struggled for players throughout the year, despite silverware being a real possibility.
Title chasing Prudhoe were let down by a lack of commitment by their players, who would fail to show up for games without explanation, according to the management team.
Wilton Holmes, who ran for five years, alongside Paul Weatherley and Steve Brady for the past two, was disappointed the squad did not show more dedication to the team.
After finishing third last year, the club were hopeful they could mount a realistic challenge for the title this campaign, only to struggle for 11 players on a weekly basis.
It became so bad, in fact, that, at the age of 48, Weatherley played in more games than he watched, in every position including goalkeeper!
Holmes said: “When we finished third, we thought that would be the stepping stone but we were really struggling for players. With about eight weeks to go, we thought that the players weren’t showing the same commitment that we did, and, on the last game of the season, we told the players we were packing in.
“We weren’t going to be held to ransom and keep it going for the wrong reasons. We didn’t want the club to fold but there was nobody willing to take it forward. We were really disappointed when we heard the team were folding and it was upsetting, but we had taken it as far as we could.”
Corbridge, who came within 90 minutes of a place in the county cup, had problems attracting players, their ramshackle facilities at Corchester Playing Fields the biggest contributory factor.
On site, their hut had no electricity nor running water, and were one of the poorest changing rooms across the two divisions. Because of the sub-standard facilities, Corbridge had to play their home games in the county cup outside of the village at Hexham’s Wentworth Leisure Centre.
Their removal from the league has repercussions on its set-up, with shake-ups needed to keep Division One at 10 teams.
Hexham Argyles have been relegated, and Rose and Crown Bellingham and Allendale promoted as expected, but Dr Syntax, who finished second bottom, have survived the drop.
Division Two will be made up of 11 teams, with the new boys from Prudhoe YC team joining their senior counterparts.
The new team, yet to find a name, will consist mainly of players from the current Prudhoe YC U17 side who have decided to make the leap to senior football. And they are building to make it a successful debut, recruiting a wealth of new players to ensure they can battle against the bigger boys.
Meanwhile, Bay Horse Stamfordham have become Swinburne Arms again but it is uncertain whether Hexham Argyles will change their name as they had planned to move to Humshaugh.
Sponsors Sun Inn Acomb have agreed to carry on again, while Standing Stone Dos Ltd, of Matfen, will be the new sponsors of the Tommy Jackson President’s Cup. SCA Hygiene remain the KO Cups sponsors, with The Sun Inn continuing as sponsors of the John Pickworth Cup.
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk
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THREE watercolour paintings donated by Queen Mary were auctioned off to raise money for a new Darby and Joan club in Hexham.
A site had already been bought, but a further £6,000 was needed to run the club for the elderly.
The auction, opened by Viscountess Allendale, saw the paintings raise over £8 for the fund.