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Summer chaos delays Amateur League

Created on 20/08/2010 @ 07:53
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The Montgomeryshire Amateur League’s big kick off this weekend has been put back a week following a summer which Secretary Bernie Jones has described as “an absolute nightmare”.
The overhaul of Welsh football from top to bottom, coupled with the last minute withdrawal of clubs folding or deciding to play in England have contributed to a forgettable summer for Jones, who has not exactly been celebrating his 50th year of involvement in local football.
“It has been an absolute nightmare and got to the point where you were wondering what would happen next when the phone rang!” he said. “It has not been easy at all and the decision was made to postpone the start until next weekend just to make sure that everything was in order before we kick off.
“We want to make sure that the opportunity is there for lads to be able to play football a Saturday at the end of the day and we will continue to work with clubs to enable this to happen.”
The decision of seven clubs to step up to the newly shaped Spar Mid Wales system has decimated the league. The withdrawal of Newtown Reserves and Bishop’s Castle’s wish to play in England has further depleted numbers. As a result, the Montgomeryshire Amateur League will start the season with nine Division One Clubs and 10 in Division Two.

Jones added that he will call a league meeting soon to discuss the possibility of division one sides playing each other three times this season.

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