Football: Pendeen forced to pull out of league
PENDEEN Rovers have announced that they have withdrawn from the Jolly's Cornwall Combination League.
The club cited its failure to sign enough players in time for the new season, which kicks off this weekend.
Rovers finished fifth last season, before Andre Peters announced his decision to stand down after their last game of the season, a 2-1 defeat to Falmouth Athletic.
Peters was succeeded by first-team striker Andrew House earlier this summer.
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However, with the club struggling to attract new players, it was decided the club would pull out of the league.
Football secretary Crystal Hood released an official statement on behalf of the club which said: "The committee of Pendeen Rovers AFC regrettably have had to withdraw their side out of the Combination League.
"Unfortunately, the new management team have been unable to sign enough players for the Combo side, the majority of last year's squad decided to leave the club and the players of our reserve team thought it was too big a step up in standard for them to play at Combo level.
"The decision to pull out was not taken lightly but after exhaustive efforts from both the management team and committee, we felt we were left with no alternative and needed to inform both the Combination League committee and the CCFA of our decision before the league started.
"The club is both shocked and embarrassed about these events and wish to apologise to the Combination League committee and the member clubs for the inconvenience this decision may cause.
"The club does not blame the previous manager or existing management team for the predicament it finds itself in at the moment, all have worked tremendously hard trying to raise a side for this season. We would like to thank them for their efforts and wish them all the best for the future."
PENZANCE AFC have announced that they have withdrawn their reserve team from the Trelawny League.
The Magpies were relegated from the Jolly's Combination League in 2012 and this year suffered a second successive demotion when they finished bottom of the Trelawny premier division, winning only one match all season.
League secretary Steve Carpenter said: "Penzance Reserves have withdrawn their team from Division One. As a consequence, only one team shall be relegated from that division at the conclusion of season 2013-14 (League Rule 12b(ii).
He added: "Newquay 3rds and Newlyn Non-Athletico will receive a bye in the first rounds of the Percy Stephens and League Cups respectively."