LIFE member Roger Hackett has expressed his anger at Whitkirk Wanderers failing to fulfil a fixture for the first time in over 50 years.
The Leeds side are embroiled in Premier Division relegation battle and were due to visit mid-table Oxenhope Recreation in their penultimate game of the season on Saturday.
However, the game was postponed when Whitkirk were unable to raise a side, much to the dismay of Hackett.
Hackett fumed: “Whitkirk Wanderers were established in 1938 and we are one of the longest running clubs in Leeds.
“In my 50 years at the club as a player, committee member and now an honorary life member, I have never known Whitkirk fail to fulfil it’s fixture as happened on Saturday.
“These players that failed to show or gave poor excuses should be ashamed of themselves as they have not only let themselves down but the club.
“We at Whitkirk believe we have one of the best grounds and facilities in the Premier League and work hard to keep it running.
“The players are asked to pay £3 per game, which is put towards insurance, kit washing and food after the game.
“They do not have to attend early to put up or take down the nets, mark out or clean the dressing rooms, not like the teams that have been highlighted in ‘The Goals’. All they have to do is turn up, is this difficult?
“They need to appreciate and give loyalty to a club (any club) but it seems the attitude of some are a lot to be desired.
“Saturday was a “bleak, black day at Whitkirk.”
While Whitkirk failed to raise a side, basement boys Wetherby Athletic produced a fine 3-2 success at Shelley.
Goals from George Conway and Andrew Farrell were in vain for the hosts. Third-bottom Kippax shared a 1-1 draw with fifth-bottom Hunslet Club.
Aaron Gray netted for Kippax with Lee Parker the Hunslet scorer.
There was a significant result at the other end of the table with leaders Bardsey beaten 1-0 at second-placed Beeston St Anthony’s.
Callum Harrison bagged the only goal of the game but Bardsey are out of sight and now need just two points to mathematically guarantee retaining the title.
Fourth-placed Field are the only team that can overhaul Bardsey and they were held to a 2-2 draw by visiting Boroughbridge on Saturday.
Goals from Christopher Wood and Joshua Milner were not enough for the hosts.
Third-place Leeds City enjoyed a 2-1 win at home to fifth-placed East End Park. Liam Clark netted a consolation for the visitors. Elsewhere, Brighouse Old Boys edged out fellow mid-table visitors Ripon City 1-0.
There was a change in Division One leadership on Saturday as Ilkley Town moved top with a 2-1 win at Old Headingley. Ilkley’s Adam Fowler and James Wilson both netted a goal apiece.
Ilkley deposed Robin Hood Athletic by a point but the former leaders have six games in hand after drawing 0-0 at third-placed Knaresborough Town.
At the other end of the table, second-bottom Baildon Trinity Athletic were held to a 1-1 draw at home to fourth bottom Old Centralians.
Howard Collier’s strike bagged the visitors a point.
Third-bottom Sherburn White Rose savoured a 4-2 victory at fifth-placed Wyke Wanderers. Connor Jordan and Danny Middleton were both at the double for Sherburn who overcame home strikes from Ben Bodle and Ian Horrocks.
Fifth-bottom Featherstone Colliery shared a 1-1 draw at home to basement boys Kellingley Welfare.
Kyle Sambrook struck for Featherstone and Daniel McCormack for Kellingley.
Carlton Athletic enjoyed a 3-1 win at home to Aberford Albion as Liam Blair, Dennis Katoro and Joseph Tetley all notched.
Stanley United obliged 2-1 at Pool whose Sam McCaffrey netted.