Four out, two in, for Peterlee Sunday League

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TWO new clubs have joined the Peterlee and District Sunday League – with four departing to cut the complement to 35 teams.

The league’s 42nd annual meeting heard that Premier Division side Peterlee EBG, First Division pair Peterlee Oaklands and FC Horden, and Fencehouses Floaters Mill from Division Two all resigned their places.

Seaham Marlborough and a reformed Peterlee Oaklands side were welcomed into the Second Division for the coming campaign, which kicks off on August 17.

The league has 11 clubs in the Premier Division, with 12 apiece in the bottom two tiers.

Only one new rule was adopted, with a season’s trial of five rolling substitutes.

Awards were presented at the meeting for the most sporting teams in the three divisions last season, voted by the member clubs from each division.

For the second year running, Horden CW Supporters Club were winners of the Premier Division award, FC Easington won the First Division award and the Second Division prize was shared between Peterlee Hearts and Seaham Times.

The Jubilee Cup, for the most sporting team in a cup final, went to Easington CIU, while the referee of the year, judged by the clubs, was Ashley Cooper.

The leading goalscorers in each division were Paul Atkinson from Seaham Island (Premier), James Evans from FC Horden (Division One) and Trimdon Colliery Albion’s Paul Wilkinson (Division Two).

Officers elected: President, R Burton; life vice-president, R Pearson; chairman, T Davies; vice-chairman, K Ord; secretary, R Anderson; assistant secretary, P Andrews; treasurer, W Slack; registration secretary, E Pomfret; fixture/referees secretary, P Cooper; Premier Div representative, W Robson; First Division rep, C Grant; Second Division rep, G Coxon; referees’ rep, A Cooper.