Silksworth will fold at end of the season in the Wearside League

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SILKSWORTH have decided to resign from the Wearside League and wind the club up at the end of the season.

The unexpected decision was made because manager Steven Smith is now working on Saturday afternoons and cannot commit to the future.

The club was re-formed 13 years ago and after spells in the Hetton and District League, Tyne and Wear League and the Durham Alliance, gained promotion to the Wearside League four seasons ago.

During the 13 years it has handed over more than £12,000 to local charities and signed 190 players.

Smith said: “It’s really disappointing we’ve had to take this decision but there was no other option. Only one player has left and we will fulfil our 14 fixtures, hopefully going out in a blaze of glory.

“I want to pay tribute to chairman Dean Simpson, vice-chairman George Armstrong and secretary Peter Smith who have worked hard behind the scenes.

“Wearside League chairman Peter Maguire and secretary George McKitterick have also been very supportive.”