Final appeal as Blackstones withdraw reserves from league

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Blackstones FC has made a final appeal for help after withdrawing its reserve team from the United Counties League ahead of the 2013-14 season.

It will be the first season that the club has dropped its second team and Stones revealed this morning they had no option after an appeal for volunteers fell on deaf ears.

Club secretary Ian McGillivray said: “Blackstones are disappointed at having to take this decision as the reserves have been the back bone of the club.

“To save the reserves, Blackstones make one last minute appeal for persons to come forward before the June 11 to manage and run the reserve team for season 2013/14.

“Blackstones offer excellent facilities - the ground is now graded at level five.”

The decision to withdraw now was made to avoid a £500 which would have been imposed if the club withdrew from the league after the league’s annual meeting however McGillivray stressed that the decision was not based on financial reasons but purely due to a lack of helpers. The club will already incur £200 costs for pulling out after March 31.

Since joining the UCL Reserve League in 1987, the team has won the reserves’ cup twice, completed a league and cup double and won the Ancaster Cup.

Anybody who can offer time to help Blackstones Reserves should call Ian McGillivray on 01780 762263.