The EBAC Northern League have confirmed that they have accepted Norton and Stockton Ancients’ resignation from the league.

It was just over two weeks since the club announced they were resigning from the Northern League, citing falling attendances and rising northern leaguecosts for their reasons for the decision.

The League responded immediately saying the matter would be discussed at their committee meeting.

That meeting has now taken place and the League released a statement on Friday confirming that the resignation had been accepted and that the club had been fined £1,000 for “for failing to fulfill fixtures”.

The statement read “The management committee of the Northern League has accepted with regret the resignation of Norton & Stockton Ancients from the league.

“The committee decided to fine the club £1,000.  The fine was made under rule 8.6 for failing to fulfill fixtures.

“League chairman Glenn Youngman said:  “It’s a sad day both for North & Stockton Ancients and the Northern League.  We’re sorry they have decided to resign during the season.

“I’d like to thank everyone connected with the club, especially Mick Mulligan, for the work and commitment they have given to the club and local community.

“However, we have a responsibility to all clubs in the league and we think the fine is an appropriate sanction in this case”

“Norton & Stockton’s results so far this season will be expunged.  The committee will review the position, including promotion and relegation, at the end of the season”

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)

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