Hebden Royd under threat

Hebden Royd United Ladies FC is in danger of folding if they cannot recruit new players.

The club was originally started to enable girls of all ages to get involved in the game, and has evolved over the last decade, covering a range of age groups in girls’ football, from under eights tour under 17s.

The women’s team was added in 2003 and for the last four seasons has remained as the club’s only team.

United Ladies play in the West Riding County Women’s Football League with matches played on Sunday afternoons against teams from Keighley, Bradford, Huddersfield and Leeds.

Team boss Paul McMahon has admitted that there is a possibility that the team will not have enough players registered by the August 31 deadline to enable the club to commit to the forthcoming league fixtures.

“We have a very committed nucleus of players, who have kept the club going through the last couple of seasons,” he said. “But we still need at least six more new signings for the season to create a squad that is big enough to cope with the inevitable injuries and absences that occur during a season.

“Any player who is 16 years old, or older, at the start of the season is eligible to play. But anyone who becomes 16 during the season can still play when they ‘come of age’, so it is well worth them coming down to training and getting the experience of training with the team.”

Training currently takes place on the pitch at Luddenden Foot on Tuesday evenings, and anyone interested can just turn up at 6.30pm.

Alternatively they can contact either Paul on 01422 884261; 07933 712447 and pmc2@hotmail.co.uk, or coach Laurie Dyer on 01422 881311, for further details.