ANSELMIANS clinched the Regional 2 North West title without even playing after Wilmslow conceded the fixture on Friday claiming they did not have enough players.

With four points awarded for a home walkover, Saints’ title win was confirmed making it two titles in two years under head coach Degsy Salisbury, assisted by backs coach Tommy Banks.

Sailsbury said: “It’s been a bit of a struggle a couple of times due to injury problems - Dai Morley breaking his jaw, wrist injuries to Niall Cavanagh and Jon Oates, plus all the other usual knocks and bangs you get in a normal season.

“Luckily, we have been able to bring young players in from the second team which also helps with their rugby development going forward.

“I must mention Andy Cummins, who came out of retirement to help us out but is retiring again, Rob O’Donnell, who will be having a knee operation and is undecided but unlikely to continue playing, and Tommy Banks, who is hanging up his boots to be lead coach at a local club.

“We have some some signings to do to bring us back up to strength - but I’m really proud of all the lads for the effort and commitment they have shown this year.”