Wetherby Athletic Reserves ‘in limbo’ after leaving Galaxy Lancashire League

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Wetherby Athletic’s reserve team has been left in limbo after being pulled out of the Galaxy Lancashire League.

Athletic switched to the league’s eastern division at the end of last season after winning the West Yorkshire League Alliance Division One.

Des English stood down as manager after guiding the club to the success and was replaced by David Cope.

However, after two matches were called off due to a lack of referees,

Athletic have decided to remove themselves from the league, owing to the financial costs of rearranging ties under borrowed floodlit pitches.

Reserve team players will now filter down into the club’s Harrogate Premier League side, under Cope’s leadership.

Athletic chairman Angus Taylor said: “We are having to drop out of the league from an expense point of view.

“They want us to play our games in midweek and we would have to hire a 3G pitch or a stadium.

“We can’t do that, so we are left in limbo.”

Meanwhile, reserve team head coach Lewis Atkinson has left the club after questioning the commitment of players, saying only seven turned up to training.

Martin Powell and Ben Lawrence have also resigned from their positions in charge of the club’s U21s, who started their season with a draw against Howden Clough under the new leadership of Liam Cope.