BETTWS FC have dropped a pre-season bombshell after announcing their withdrawal from the Spar Mid-Wales League just two weeks before they were due to kick off their first game in division two on August 5.
A statement on the league’s website confirmed the Pheasants’ withdrawal from the competition, citing a lack of players as the reason for the club's decision.
In a letter to the secretary of the league, Bettws secretary Malcolm Phillips said: “It is with great sadness and regret that I have to inform you that Bettws FC are unable to raise a team to play in Spar Mid Wales League Two for the forthcoming season. I apologise on behalf of the club for this decision and the obvious inconvenience it is going to cause you.
“Several players have left and we have been unable to replace them leaving us with a squad too small to compete in any league and we feel it is best to withdraw now rather than later. We all regret this decision but I’m afraid its unavoidable."
The club held an open meeting at the Bull and Heifer pub in Bettws Cedewain last Friday, in an effort to attract new players in time for the start of the season, but failed to attract sufficient interest to make fielding a team worthwhile.
Phillips added: “It’s extremely frustrating and very disappointing, and even more so when you consider that we had such a good season last year, finishing sixth in the league.”
The news comes after fellow Spar Mid Wales League side Forden took a similar decision earlier this month due to a player exodus, after being accepted as champions of Mitsubishi Division Two of the JT Hughes Montgomeryshire League.