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RUGBY: Weymouth to make shock league exit
WEYMOUTH are to withdraw from Southern Counties South due to a lack of senior players.
The problem has already caused the Monmouth Avenue outfit to pull out of two league fixtures over the past month and it appears the situation is not going to be rectified any time soon.
Club president Des Quick said: “Last weekend was the second occasion that we have been unable to raise a front row and been obliged to concede the fixture.
“A combination of retirements, long-term injuries, work commitments and players leaving the area to find work has led to a serious depletion in players capable of playing at this level, “We have suffered a series of heavy defeats this season to date and have yet to play any of the top teams, so we have conducted a series of players’ meetings over the past few weeks.
“The consensus reached has been that we cannot sustain the remainder of the season without the team breaking up, so the sensible option is to withdraw from the league now. Saving face comes a poor second to enjoying your rugby.
“We retain an excellent club spirit, despite the defeats, and numbers at training continue to be good with credit going to our head coach Chris Plummer and the coaching team he has developed.
“For the past few years we have suffered from a lack of younger players coming through to play senior rugby, but, looking ahead the numbers and quality of our junior teams promises much for the future.
“We are working with the Dorset & Wilts league organisers with the hope to reform our first team back into Dorset & Wilts Leagues next season.
“The club’s second and third teams will continue with their planned league fixtures for the rest of the season, the club will also try to arrange friendlies against Dorset & Wilts Division One teams on available non league dates.”
Winless Weymouth currently sit bottom of the table with minus 10 points after handing walkovers to Wimborne and Wells, both of which were home fixtures.
And even when they have managed to raise a side, the defeats have proved severe with Corsham (34-7), Walcot (79-7), North Dorset (85-5) and local rivals Dorchester (59-0) all cashing in.
Weymouth won promotion to Southern Counties South in 2012 when they achieved the Dorset & Wilts One South and Dorset & Wilts Plate double under then head coach Paul Harding.
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