We have just been made aware of the first teams to withdraw from the Veterans League in advance of the 2021 season. Meltham have withdrawn their C team from the 10-Man League and Marsden Park and Lockwood Con will not be competing in the 6-Man League in 2021.
Marsden Park have struggled for team members in recent years and to counter this they dropped their 10-Man League side for 2019 and just ran a 6-man team. The situation has since worsened and the club has disbanded altogether.
Lockwood Con has been a major player in both the 10-man and 6-man competitions for many years and in the last playing season, 2019, their 6-man team won the Section B title to return to the top level after a year out of the league altogether. Twice previous winners of the 6-Man League top division with the last time being 2017. Their matches against long-time rivals Longwood being the highlight and championship-deciding confrontations of many a season.
The Meltham C team finished at the foot of Section 4 of the 10-Man League in 2019 and would have played in Section 5 last year if the competition had gone ahead. Their A side will continue in Section A whilst their B team were relegated from Section 2 at the end of the 2019 season. They have since notified the League of the withdrawal of their C team from the league altogether.
All clubs have until 11 January to notify the League of their intentions regarding number of teams to play in the league in 2021.