West Central resign from Sunday League

Football - Halifax Rangers' Aiden Hill (right) celebrates scoring against West Central.
Football - Halifax Rangers' Aiden Hill (right) celebrates scoring against West Central.

West Central have had their resignation accepted by the Ziggys Metro Cars Halifax Sunday League committee.

The club, who were bottom of Division Two with two wins from their 11 matches, owe money accrued in fines to the league who will continue to take steps to collect the amount outstanding.

The Sunday League had arranged an SGM for this evening to discuss the matter but that has been cancelled due to West Central’s decision to resign.

Their record will be expunged and players from West Central who owe money will not be able to sign for another club.

“We have tried to help them throughout the season but it became increasingly difficult,” said Sunday League spokeman Mike Sharman.

Saturday League representative David Rattigan said the West Central Saturday side have cleared their West Riding County FA fines so had their suspension lifted recently. However, they still owe the AFL fines and failed to meet yesterday’s 5pm deadline to pay, which would have enabled them to return to action on Saturday.

That means Saturday’s game against St Columbas is off and Saints are likely to be awarded the points.

West Central have only another six fixtures left in Division Two this season.

They were suspended by the county FA in November. Their last match was a 3-1 win away to Salem Reserves on November 15.

Meanwhile, Ryburn United have been awarded the points from their match against Calder ‘76 on January 3.

Calder won 3-2 but fielded Gav Fleming, who should have been serving a one-match ban after being red carded against Warley for denying the opposition a goal-scoring opportunity.

AFL fixture secretary David Rattigan said all clubs were aware that suspensions kicked in 14 days after a dismissal.