The Carlisle Sentinels have announced that they have made the difficult decision to forfeit this Sunday’s fixture, and ultimately withdraw from the 2019 National Leagues. Though it’s disappointing news out for the NFC 2 North side, who have struggled with player numbers over recent seasons, the team have emphasised their goal of ensuring American Football remains available within Carlisle moving forwards, with the grand aim of building towards greater sustainability and an eventual return to league action.
In their statement the Sentinel’s committee stated a mixture of injuries and player withdrawals due to a lack of available referees to cover fixtures as the core reasons for their particular problems with roster numbers.
“The Carlisle Sentinels have taken the difficult decision to forfeit the game with the Dumfries Hunters this coming Sunday and cease operations for the 2019 season. With a small squad size due to a mixture of player unavailability, injuries and player withdrawals due to the lack of referees the team cannot fulfil the fixtures to a level felt necessary by the committee.
We realise this forfeit will be our second yellow card and as such we will take this opportunity to step away from the league immediately following the mandatory return to associate level for 2020.
Our apologies go to the other teams within Division 2 North and we wish all the players and coaches at Clyde Valley, Darlington, Dumfries and Inverclyde well for the rest of the season.
An EGM will be held on Sunday in Carlisle to address the issues around American Football within the city. The provision of the sport within the border city will not disappear however a drastic rebuild will have to be undertaken.
Any further questions please contact the committee on the available social media channels or by email at email@example.com.”
The Sentinels are the first team of 2019 to receive a second ‘yellow card’ under BAFA’s new forfeit regulations, and the second team in as many seasons to withdraw from the NFC 2 North following the West Coast Trojans shutting up shop in 2018. Luckily for northern football there are a number of new programmes north of the wall building towards league action in the not too distant future.