Horsham boss Dominic Di Paola would reduce the number of clubs in the Southern Combination Football League after the demise of Division 1 side St Francis Rangers, the Worthing Herald.

Rangers folded on Monday after failing to attract local players, dwindling player commitment and the cost of travelling around the league.

As expenses get higher, and volunteers willing to give up their Saturdays get fewer, Di Paola believes that Sussex football must be streamlined to avoid a repeat of the St Francis Rangers situation.

Di Paola said: “If it was me, I’d get rid of Division 2.

“I’d release all those clubs back into what you’d call parks football because then all of a sudden you have these players that don’t want to play district football and they’ll want to play for some of the other clubs around.

“It’s great that clubs have ambition but it’s killing long-standing clubs that haven’t got budgets or benefactors.”

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