Vics rangers buck the trend becuase they are throwing all sorts of cash and freebies . This is fact as they took some of our players which had a major impact on our demise. Having played pennine league for the last 15 years and worked all the way up, the last 2 years have 100% been of a lesser standard than years gone by. You only have to look at some of the players who have stuck at summer or now defected to union to see the standards have massively dropped . Having played all of those teams in the premier , most wouldn't have won a game in that league 2/3 years ago.
Sharlston have been a shadow of recent years sides for a while now looking at their first team line ups. Who are their ineligible players?
As sad as it seems, I can't see the Pennine league continuing much longer, a quick look down each weekend results highlights the vast amount of 30-0 and the lack of depth with teams playing in the premier and championship etc who wouldn't have got within a million miles of those leagues a couple of years ago. real real shame. Think i retired at the right time this year.
Such a sad situation and sadly its only getting worse. Having played in the Pennine League for 15 years through ebery division, the standard is poor this season and only getting worse.
Without wading into the summer/winter debate, it is now clear what damage the Summer RFL regime is doing to the winter game. A number of quality players have gone to Union clubs over the winter qith the intention of returning to Summer clubs, but there is no gauarnatee that this will happen, further diluting the talent pool.