Rugby club forced to resign from league

Jim Ainslie
Jim Ainslie

ONE of Hartlepool’s rugby clubs have been forced to pull out of the league – just a days before planning to start life in a new home.

Athletic have resigned from Durham Northumberland Three due to a severe shortage of players.

The Sky Blues were due to play host to Prudhoe & Stocksfield tomorrow in their opening home game but president Jim Ainslie took the “sad” decision to inform league bosses yesterday that the club were “unable to fulfil their league commitments.”

The news completes a traumatic period for Athletic, who had been forced to leave their clubhouse on Oakesway Trading Estate because of financial problems.

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