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jonnyg28

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Wow. Anybody know the reasons why? Bit dissspointing to lose any club.

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Shame if its true, played against them in nwc a few years back, they were a very good young side

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I meant to add, is this immediate or do they simply plan to not compete in next years competition?

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Heard they have dropped out due to cost of travel and lads not wanting to travel. And will b looking to rejoin the nwml next year.

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one home game in 3 months could also have been a factor. Fixture list has been rubbish, no continuity at all, odd number of teams and smallest league in the conference

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They're still third in the league, normally when a team wants to pull out they struggle on the field, this is something West Bank haven't this is what I'm most suprised with.

 

If its down to cash I can understand, its still a shame

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Fixture lists need to be seriously looked at as can be seen with West Bank pulling out. I think ince rose bridge had something like 9 games away on the bounce which is ridiculous on the players and also on the clubs finances. I know people will say you play them at home aswell but this can seriously affect the clubs cash flow. I think we will see more teams dropping out.

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Real shame to see if true a team pull out for financial reasons, however can fully understand the descision taken to protect the future of their club

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Surely clubs know what the travel will be like in there prospective leagues before applying for the NCL?? Looking at that division it could be worse!

 

As well as the travel costs they may be struggling to raise a decent team on a weekly basis.

 

Saw them play other week at Shaw Cross and they only travelled with 14 players. One of which was sent off. If they are struggling for players then dismissals dont help!

 

Good team as well. Gave a decent Shaw Cross side a very good game in tough conditions (was baking hot!!!)

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Surely clubs know what the travel will be like in there prospective leagues before applying for the NCL?? Looking at that division it could be worse!

 

As well as the travel costs they may be struggling to raise a decent team on a weekly basis.

 

Saw them play other week at Shaw Cross and they only travelled with 14 players. One of which was sent off. If they are struggling for players then dismissals dont help!

 

Good team as well. Gave a decent Shaw Cross side a very good game in tough conditions (was baking hot!!!)

Travel probably wouldn't be a problem if the fixture list had been fair. To afford travel costs you need to be at home alternate weeks otherwise where is the money coming from for the coach trips and general running of the club?

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Agree Terry.

Fixtures need to alternate home/away as near to as possible.

Can't expect amateur players to travel away 4/5 weeks on the bounce, it's a full day away from the family/mornings off work etc.

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I suppose its getting the right balance, before the start of the seasons the clubs were asked for special requests for fixtures (ie local fixture, or specifically home or away) for the most part these were accommodated but by the look of things had some negative impact on others

 

We're fortunate in the most part that we secure sponsorship for our travel costs so we know that income is guaranteed and sorted out before the season kicks off, so it doesn't matter from a cash flow point of view if a few away trips come at once

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The fixture situation has been nothing less than diabolical one example Ince Rose Bridge have just completed a ten match run in which thet had to play nine games away three in Hull and One in cumbria. No wonder lads dont want to play, and the cost to the individual clubs. But, i feel it will continue to happen

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Don't clubs in the NCL check their fixtures at the start of a season and get the chance to make a comment ?

 

 

 

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Don't clubs in the NCL check their fixtures at the start of a season and get the chance to make a comment ?

 

 

 

 

I certainly did, there were 3 weekends for us that needed to be sorted, and with communication with the league and other clubs was resolved well in advance of the dates in question.   Its something I've learned from past experience to do

 

I think some of the anomalies for some of the clubs were brought upon fixtures being brought forward from the back end of the season into backlog weekends

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If this weather is going to keep up for a few more weeks I'd be looking at playing on a Friday night so the game is played in cooler temperatures

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Good idea on local sides marauder. Will be a little harder if any distance has to be travelled. The clubs do know what the cost of travel is before the season begins. I help run a side so we know our travel costs. What does place pressure on the club is cash flow. Our club had a trip to Wigan then 2 trips to Cumbria earlier on in the season. The three coaches were £2500 which i personally paid untill we had a few home games to pay me back. Not ideal but when needs must!!! We are constantly fund raising but again planned throughout the season so it's hard when fixtures are changed/amended during the season so constant revenue from your home games is crucial.

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Good idea on local sides marauder. Will be a little harder if any distance has to be travelled. The clubs do know what the cost of travel is before the season begins. I help run a side so we know our travel costs. What does place pressure on the club is cash flow. Our club had a trip to Wigan then 2 trips to Cumbria earlier on in the season. The three coaches were £2500 which i personally paid untill we had a few home games to pay me back. Not ideal but when needs must!!! We are constantly fund raising but again planned throughout the season so it's hard when fixtures are changed/amended during the season so constant revenue from your home games is crucial.

The cost of a coach in the summer is a lot more as well and they become like rocking horse poo if you can't book well in advance.

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Nine consecutive away games is ridiculous and the fixture secretary needs to take a long hard look at themselves in the bathroom mirror tomorrow. How can a club afford to finance a run of away games like that if they don't have their travel sponsored?

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Nine consecutive away games is ridiculous and the fixture secretary needs to take a long hard look at themselves in the bathroom mirror tomorrow. How can a club afford to finance a run of away games like that if they don't have their travel sponsored?

How many pro clubs could?

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Lot of sympathy for West Bank, it looks like they have been a victim of the fixture list,

The big question is, will lessons be learned are do the people responsible for sorting the fixtures consider they have done nothing wrong?

It's difficult not only to finance but to keep the players turning up when you have so many away games,

The only positive is West Bank are a good team and will soon rebuild, and if they ever decide to re apply to the NCL at a later date, I would hope clubs would not hold this agaist um and remember the ffixture list they had to contend with.

And I'm speaking from an IRB point of veiw who have just played 9 of the last 10 games away, but what's done is done, I just hope the people responsible are big enougth to take responsibility and admit they have got it wrong and make sure it doesn't happen again.

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What will happen now they gone, will less teams go down from that Division or more teams be promoted?

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