Premier Division whipping boys Carleton have withdrawn from the Mastab’s Craven Football League.

They have also pulled out of the Craven FA and Morrison Cups.

However their reserve side will continue to compete in Division Four.

The club, which plays its home games at Ramper Park, has been hit by the loss of a number of players this season and the decision to allow the first team to withdraw from all competitions has been reluct-antly approved by both the Mastab’s Craven League Man-agement Committee and the Craven FA.

Carleton have suffered some hefty defeats this season including a 19-0 thrashing by champions Skipton LMS.

They have won just once in ten games scoring 16 goals and letting in 89.

League chairman Gerry Aldersley said: “It hasn’t been doing anybody any good seeing Carleton getting beaten by huge scores.

“We will be expunging their record and re-issuing the league table shortly.

“We are happy for their reserve team to continue. The club has lost a lot of players and hopefully only running one side will help them.” The cup matches have been re-scheduled with Ingleton now hosting Waddington in the Craven Cup, the winners will join Gargrave, Rimington and Sedbergh in the semi-finals Embsay will now play Barnoldswick Town Reserves in the Morrison Cup on March 15 with semi-final tie at Hellifield on April 19.