League set to score stay of execution

An under-threat football league which was facing extinction may be given a stay of execution after a number of teams have expressed an interest in joining.

Last month, the Herald reported that the future of the long-standing Morpeth Sunday League was in the balance after the amount of sides competing had fallen dramatically.

But now president Syd Johnson has said: “The threat of extinction which the league was facing has receded in the last few days. There are signs that the league will continue to function next season.

“The league management committee has approved some radical changes, both financial and football-wise, and this has resulted in several inquiries from the Morpeth area, as well as quelling the doubts of some current members.”

Anyone interested in joining the league, which has its AGM on Monday, will find that drastic cuts have been made, making membership one of the most competitive in the county, as well as help with team and player-to-player cover. The league has also succeeded in getting pitch fees on a two-instalment system.

To join, call 01670 819459.