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LOCAL RUGBY LEAGUE: Beverley’s opponents quit league

Beverley ARLFC were without a game on Saturday after their opponents, Stanley Rangers, announced in mid-week that they have withdrawn from the NCL with immediate effect.

In a statement posted on the Blue & Golds Facebook page, a club spokesman said: “It is with regret that we have received notification of Stanley Ranger’s withdrawal from the NCL with immediate effect.

“Our game against them this Saturday will be awarded to us. The Stanley Rangers club have issued a statement on the NCL website. As a club we would like to thank them for their hospitality on our visit to them earlier in the season. We wish them well in their plans to re-build in the Yorkshire Men’s League.”

In their statement, Stanley Rangers said: “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.”