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Blow for Beckett Football League as Aislaby United are forced to resign
3:02pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in Sport
ONLY days before the new season kicks-off, adminstrators of the newitts.com Beckett Football League have been rocked by the resignation by Aislaby United.
The long-standing Second Division club, which has been in existence for more than 80 years, cited a lack of players as the reason for the shock decision.
United secretary Kevin Wilson said the club could have continued if they had been allowed to sign on some 15-year-old players to help make up the numbers, but according to league secretary Keith Sales the FA introduced a rule some years ago which barred under 16s from taking to the field in men’s senior football.
Sales admitted Aislaby’s departure was a huge blow to the league as officials, clubs, managers, players and supporters readied themselves for this weekend’s big kick off.
Sales questioned the FA ruling, which had effectively sealed United’s fate and noted many of these youngsters may now turn their back on grassroots football when all they wanted to do was play the game.
Despite Aislaby’s demise, the League programme will start on Saturday with five games in Division One and six games in Division Two.
In the first, promoted Ryedale Sports Club Reserves are at home to Bagby & Balk while Rosedale, who are in need of a a few extra players, will entertain Duncombe Park. Thornton-le-Dale will entertain last season’s champions, Sinnington, while runners-up Union Rovers will entertain Heslerton, and a derby is in prospect with Kirkbymoorside Reserves at home to local rivals Gillamoor.
In the second division, newcomers Settrington are away at Pickering Knights, and Wombleton Wanderers are also away at Easingwold Town 3rds. Relegated Kirkdale United are at home to Snainton Reserves, who did very well last season in their first season in the league, while the other relegated side, Norton United, are at home to Slingsby. The other two games in the second division are Heslerton Reserves at home to Thornton-le-Dale Reserves, and Rillington Athletic Reserves will entertain Union Rovers Reserves.
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