Step 6 side North Leigh FC have had no other option than to remove their reserves side from the Hellenic Leagues with the side becoming a financial drain on the club.
On their official website it reads, “It is with great regret that North Leigh FC will be removing their reserves side (North Leigh United) from the UHL Hellenic League Division One West with immediate effect. The decision was made after an emergency club meeting was arranged last Monday night. It was clear though that the whole committee wanted to apologise to the Hellenic League as well as all the clubs in the league, FA Vase and Oxfordshire Senior Cup who may have experienced any inconveniences due to the club.”
“The club is currently facing some financial difficulty while it looks to re-group and build foundations for the club. This has been a tough job for the first team managers working on a shoestring budget to bring in an entirely new lineup of players at the club.”
“The fans have been fantastic this season with the club set to reach a record home average attendance for the season but unforeseen changes in the circumstances of some of our sponsors and a lack of tournament prize money has put pressure on the whole team who have been looking to expand with the introduction of a new Ladies side.”
“Several changes in the management of the reserves side with little focus from the club on the management has allowed match and players fines to keep creeping up in the last few months putting a drain on the clubs already limited resources and this was the key factor in the decision.”
“After nearly 40 years of being associated with the Hellenic Leagues it has not been an easy decision with every other option being explored when the first manager left back in October, but we have now hit a position when we just simply cannot afford to keep the team going.”
“This season’s Southern League side has found the move to the Central division tough and the relegation battle has made for a nervous but exciting experience. The appointment of Managers Craig Dore and Darren James was always part of a long term plan with the hopes of creating a team that can be built upon over the next few years which will give some stability to the whole club to then expand upon its development program.”
“We will now sit down as a club and build toward the future hoping to reinstate some kind of reserves or youth development team for the start of the 2019/20 season.”