THE Peterlee and District Sunday League has been rocked by the shock resignation of Premier Division champions Dawdon CW.
The Green Drive club were champions by 18 points last season, and their sudden withdrawal was a shock for league officials, with the season kicking off tomorrow.
League secretary Bob Anderson said Dawdon’s decision came as a surprise, however, he understood that they had struggled to find someone to look after the team and, with players leaving in the close season, they were finding it difficult to bring in new players.
Murton Park View, who finished third in Division One last year, have been promoted to the top flight, while Easington Half Moon have been promoted to the First Division from the Second. There are 12 clubs in the Premier and First Divisions, with 13 in the bottom tier.
Horden CW Supporters Club, runners-up in the Premier last year, have strengthened their squad, hoping to go one better, but Peterlee Helford United – hit by a big points deduction last term, but winners of two domestic cups – have also brought in new blood to boost their hopes of regaining the title.
The three promoted clubs – Hetton The Tuns, Seaham The George and Murton Park View – will all be looking for stability in their first year in the top division.
Horden Comrades, who were easy Second Division champions last season, are looking for a second successive title in Division One, according to stalwart Norman Pratt.