28th June 2018, 08:48 | ncl
It is with regret that Stanley Rangers have taken the decision to withdraw from the National Conference League with immediate effect, their Committee have sent the following statement:
"It's not been an easy decision, but we have decided as a club, coaching staff and players to withdraw from the National Conference League.
"We are struggling with injuries and other commitments to put a competitive team in place.
"We have a young and talented team that is lacking confidence and experience to compete within the NCL at this moment in time and are looking to enter the Yorkshire Men's League for the next couple of seasons to rebuild as a squad and club, with the end aim to re-enter the NCL.
"We would like to thank the league and the clubs we have played against within our time in the conference for their hospitality over the years."
Chairman of the NCL Trevor Hunt has written to the Committee at Stanley Rangers, saying:
"I am most desperately sorry that Stanley Rangers feel they have to take this course of action. Whatever course of action you now pursue and wherever you play your rugby we sincerely wish you the very best of luck and look forward to hearing from you in the future.
"Certainly Stanley Rangers and their committee have been a credit to the NCL in their time as members, and it is particularly sad when one of our more established clubs feel they have to take this action."
As a result of their withdrawal, as per competition rules, Stanley Rangers' remaining games will be awarded to their opponents with a score of 10 to 48 for their home games and 63 to 9 for their away games