CLUBS in the Aire-Wharfe League have been warned that the "unprecedented support" shown to them in 2020 cannot continue.

Treasurer David Threlfall reported a loss of nearly £11,000 on the financial year at the league's annual meeting, which was held on Zoom, and league president Mark Shaw said: "It has certainly been a year to forget."

He added that he wanted to apologise for the poor communication from the league and reminded clubs that the unprecedented financial support shown to them by the league cannot continue.

Threlfall said of the accounts: "It has been a very challenging year. We have tried to help clubs as much as possible and suffered a deficit of nearly £11,000.

"Hopefully we will be back to normal or as near normal as possible in the next financial year and hopefully return a surplus."

All of the leading officers were re-elected but there were 11 nominations for the nine positions on the league's management committee, so an electronic vote was held, with the two receiving the fewest votes missing out.

The votes were: David Bell 33, Harry Smallwood 32, Mark Dearden 31, Ben Morley 30, Richard Bleasdale 27, Daniel Bell 25, Peter Murden 25, Mark Sugden 25, Callum Oliver 23, Tommy Powell 23, Stuart Hudson 21.

Oliver was elected over Powell after a casting vote by the emergency committee.

John Harrison has stood down as a member of the management committee.

Former league president Graham Fuller, who had served on the management committee from 2003-19 and was president from 2016-19, was made a life vice-president.