NEIL Bonnington could have chosen a better time to have taken over as treasurer of the Dales Council League.

Replacing the long-serving David Smith, who helped him through a very difficult 12 months, Bonnington not only had to cope with the problems of Covid-19 but also the switch to online banking.

League fees, which were reduced due to the truncated season, brought in only £690 for the year ending September 30 compared to £1,710 in 2019, while the sale of balls produced just £2,445 as against £5,679 a year earlier.

However, at least those can be used next season, when the league are still hoping to have a full complement of fixtures.

Fines were down £415 from £575 but thankfully expenditure was reduced as well.

Money spent on trophies and prizes decreased from £1,186 to £669 and donations by the league went down from £550 to £175.

The overall loss for the year was £3,954.91, leaving the league with assets of £9,790.46.