Football crisis as fourth club withdraws from Mid Wales League on eve of new season

Reporter:

Gavin Grosvenor

FOOTBALL in Central Wales must urgently reform to avoid a repeat of the 2016 summer of death.

Montgomeryshire League secretary Bernie Jones spoke of his horror as Waterloo Rovers became the fourth club to withdraw from the Mid Wales League just a week before the season.

Rovers will continue in the Montgomeryshire League this season having been reduced from three senior sides to just one.

Meanwhile Bettws and Forden United ceased to exist following chronic player shortages.

Jones said: “Something has to be done, whether that is at Central Wales FA level or national level as at this rate we will not have any clubs left.

“Of course the problem is player commitment but the CWFA, leagues and clubs can no longer just sit back and complain and must start being pro-active in developing more players to increase the pool.”

Jones offered hope to Bettws and Forden United who he hoped would reform in coming months and offered his support and guidance.

Jones said: “A lot of players are going to find themselves on the sidelines come the start of the season and will realise then they have no options as so many clubs have already ceased to exist.

“It is my hope that this will mean the immediate reforming of some of these defunct clubs.

“I am more than happy to admit them into the Montgomeryshire League, even this season if it is not too late, as everyone must do everything possible to build our league membership rather than sit back and watch it decline.

“It has been a dreadful summer for the game in Central Wales and one which we must act to avoid a repeat.”

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