MK Wanderers forced to pull out of South Midlands League this season

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MK Wanderers will not field a side in the South Midlands League in 2012/13 because a sponsor pulled out of supporting the team just before the start of the season.

With around 270 players on the Wanderers books from U8 to U18 level, the club is one of the biggest in the city when it comes to youth football, but has struggled to become a force at senior level.

Wanderers’ most senior team has played in the SML Division Two for the last four years – finishing bottom of the table in the last two – but under new manager Terry Hill hopes were high of a better season this time around.

However, chairman Aitch White has confirmed that the team has been pulled out of the league this season after an unnamed sponsor withdrew its backing worth around £3,000.

Wanderers fielded two other senior sides last season, but one of those – which won the North Bucks League Premier Division – has since decided to leave the Kents Hill club and join City Colts.

That means Wanderers will now have just one senior side this season, playing in the North Bucks League Division Two.

White says he is not giving up hope of forming a new senior side for next season, but that will only be possible if another major sponsor gets on board with the club.