Whittlesey Athletic FC have withdrawn their first team from the United Counties League after just ten games of the new season.
The club says the decision was taken after it had its funding to complete ground improvements withdrawn – meaning they fail to comply with UCL regulations.
The club’s other teams are unaffected.
The full statement is below:
Club Statement 21 Sep, 2016
This morning the First Team have been withdrawn from the UCL with immediate effect.
Over the weekend, we had our funding to complete the ground improvements at Feldale withdrawn. Therefore, we will be unable to comply with UCL regulations as at 30th September. After many discussions with the UCL and the FA, the decision was taken to withdraw the First Team and incur the fines for this action. The further fines and costs to remain in the league would have not been sustainable.
We have had assurances from the FA that this will not affect the remaining four adult teams and our youth team. All will continue to compete in their current divisions and cups this season.
This is a huge disappointment to everyone at the club and the local community, however the priority of the club has always been to provide footballing opportunities, whatever the level, to Whittlesey and the surrounding villages. This decision has been taken to safeguard the future of the club and this priority.