BRADING Town have withdrawn from the Sydenhams Wessex League due to the ever increasing cost of travelling to the mainland.

The Romans, who finished second to bottom of the Premier Division last season, had been placed in a provisional 17-strong Division One line-up for 2012/13. But the Isle of Wight club have opted to pull out ahead of Thursday’s AGM.

A club statement said: “Brading Town has reluctantly decided to withdraw its team from the Sydenhams Wessex League.

“This is due to the ever increasing cost of mainland travel and league admistration fees, which makes it unviable to continue in the present economic climate."

*More non-League news in tomorrow's Echo and the weekend's Pink.