Harwich pull out of Ridgeons League

The Ridgeons League were rocked by their second withdrawal of the season when basement club Harwich and Parkeston called it a day. The Premier Division's bottom side, who had picked up just one point in their 23 games this season, have pulled out with immediate effect, meaning all the sides who have played them will lose the points they gained.

The Ridgeons League were rocked by their second withdrawal of the season when basement club Harwich and Parkeston called it a day. The Premier Division's bottom side, who had picked up just one point in their 23 games this season, have pulled out with immediate effect, meaning all the sides who have played them will lose the points they gained. Unlike King's Lynn Reserves, Harwich haven't folded but have decided to play their football at a lower level, starting next season in the Essex and Suffolk Border League. Explaining the decision, secretary Andy Schooler said: 'As one of the founder members of the Eastern Counties League, this was not a decision that was taken lightly but, at present, our town cannot support semi-professional football as shown by our woeful record over the past five years. I would like to stress that the club is not in any financial difficulty - we have no outstanding bills. We just do not have the money to pay players to compete at this level.' Their scheduled opponents on Saturday, Kirkley, will now be at home to Felixstowe.


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