By Tivyside reporter

Concern is mounting for the future of local football with a number of Costcutter League clubs experiencing difficulties raising teams at this early stage in the season.

J Emrys Morgan Cup and League Cup holders Newcastle Emlyn were forced to call off the Division Two game between their second string and New Quay after managing to muster only seven players.

Emlyn firsts also struggled to put out a full team, and were helped out by former top player Carwyn Thomas, now in his 40s, turning out in midfield and netting two of their goals.

Emlyn emerged 5-2 winners against Cardigan Town who also found themselves having to dig deep to find players – they included veterans Justin Evans and Ceri Adams Lewis in their line-up.

The worsening situation prompted former Town manager Seamus Doherty, who a few seasons ago led the Magpies to a clean sweep of trophies up for grabs, to express grave fears over the future.

"I have seen things go downhill over the past few years with players more interested in watching football on TV and engaging in other activities rather than turning out for local teams," he said.

"There is a growing consensus among those involved in the game at this level that something has to change and as a matter of urgency.

"The way things are going I would not be surprised if there is no football every week in this part of Wales," he said.