Witheridge have withdrawn from the South West Peninsula League.

League officials confirmed Withy had pulled out ahead of the start of the new season, citing a lack of players to sustain a side.

Withy had been due to start their 2018/19 Premier campaign at Cullompton Rangers on Friday.

It would have been the club’s 12th season in the Premier, after joining the league at its formation in 2007.

Their withdrawal follows a difficult couple of seasons. They finished bottom of the Premier last season with seven points. The 2016-17 season saw them finish third from bottom with 21 points.

In a club statement, Witheridge secretary Chris Cole said: “We write this letter with great sadness but despite all the efforts of the club officers and management we have been unable to secure enough players to sustain a side in the SW Peninsula League and therefore with immense regret we would like to tender our resignation from the league .

“We would like to thank in particular the efforts of Roger Bonaparte, Peter North, Andy Comerford and those players who have shown some loyalty and commitment but feel it wise to make this decision now before teams suffer losing points and goals in the near future.

“We wish you all well for the forth coming season and hope maybe we will be able to take our place amongst the many friends we have made over the past 11 years in the near future.”

South West Peninsula League secretary Phil Hiscox said: “Very sad to hear this news, and that a club of the stature of Witheridge are gone, I know it’s a sign of the times with clubs folding nationally and locally, but it doesn’t make it any easier to hear.”