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Harwich & Parkeston pull out of the Ridgeons League


Founder members Harwich & Parkeston have withdrawn from the Ridgeons League with immediate effect following a meeting of the club's directors.

The club, formed in 1877, have managed just one point so far this season, losing 21 of the 22 games played.

"The last seven years have been woeful and the playing budget has run out," caretaker-manager Tony Armstrong told BBC Essex.

Harwich intend to join the Essex and Suffolk Border League next season.

The club were twice FA Amateur Cup finalists and founder members of the Eastern Counties League.

"The Ridgeons League is one of the strongest at this level across the country as is shown by how well clubs from it do in the FA Vase," Armstrong continued.

"But to do that you have to pay the players and we just can't do that."

Only one team will now be relegated from the Ridgeons League Premier Division as King's Lynn Reserves have already withdrawn this season.

Harwich & Parkeston face a £1,000 fine for quitting.

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