Wanderers fold, Rugby Club set to go on

Whitby Wanderers have quit the Sunday League
Whitby Wanderers have quit the Sunday League

Whitby Wanderers have quit the Sunday League, but struggling Saturday side Whitby RUFC look set to continue playing.

Wanderers officially withdrew on Wednesday evening, when, after weeks of struggling to field a full side for games, boss Andrew Marshall finally admitted defeat.

Wanderers joined the Sunday League in 2011/12, finishing sixth in Division Three in their debut season.

Having progressed through the leagues, they played in the top flight for the first time last term, but were bottom of the first division and without a league win in the current campaign.

League secretary Tony Walker praised the efforts of club stalwarts Marshall and Mark Jackson for trying to keep Wanderers going.

“I want to thank Mark Jackson and Andrew Marshall for all their efforts to keep Whitby Wanderers going as I know how hard they tried,” he said.

“It is with great sadness that the Sunday League committee sees Wanderers withdraw.

“It seems to be an ongoing trend with young players today that their commitment lies elsewhere other than sport and it is getting harder to find players willing to commit to turning out every week.”

Former manager Jackson described the club’s withdrawal as a “sickener”, adding “I’m really sad it’s had to end.”

Scarborough and District Saturday League Division One outfit Whitby RUFC looked to be in danger of following Wanderers in calling it a day due to a lack of players.

Rugby Club, who were promoted from Division Two last season, were forced to postpone last weekend’s fixture with Newlands Park as they could not a raise a side, and have since held a crisis meeting to decide whether it is viable for them to continue.

Manager Steve Mothersdale explained: “We had a meeting that went really well, 12 players turned up and Paul Jobling and Mark Ross have come back to the club, but I definitely need three more regulars so we can survive.

“We’ll be okay for this weekend’s game with Edgehill and I’m hoping we can keep going because it would be gut-wrenching for me if we had to quit after everything I’ve put into the club.”

The club, who are currently rooted to the bottom of the Division One table, are still in need of new players, and anyone interested should contact Mothersdale on 07792087413.