CORFE Castle have pulled out of the 2020/21 Dorset Premier League due to fears over Covid-19.

Corfe's squad had already self-isolated after a Swanage Town & Herston player tested positive soon after appearing in a friendly against the Fortress-based side.

Castle had not played a game in this season's league and took the decision to withdraw with player and staff health in mind.

In a statement, Corfe said: "It is with regret Corfe Castle first team have taken the decision to sit out of the 20/21 Dorset Premier League season due to the risk of Covid-19.

"Specifically, in addition to the risk to health, our management team and several of the first-team player group cannot risk a further self-isolation period as it would be at odds with their home and work commitments.

"Our committee would like to thank the Dorset Premier League for their support and understanding.

"We wish the league and participating clubs the best of luck for the season ahead."

Dorset Premier League officials said: "The DPL has today been informed by Corfe Castle FC that they have made the difficult decision to withdraw their first team from the DPL with immediate effect.

"The decision has been based due to the ongoing risk of Covid-19, risks that have already beset the club."

There is currently no suggestion Corfe's reserves, who play in Dorset League Division Four, will also pull out of competition.