ORLETON boss Mark Hollis says he is quitting his role at the end of the season – with a lack of player commitment one of the chief reasons behind his decision.

Hollis has led Orleton – who were beaten 3-0 at home by second-placed Shobdon last weekend – to a likely mid-table finish in Herefordshire League Division One.

But he says the season has been a frustrating one from an organisational standpoint, prompting him to leave the club this summer after more than 13 years with Orleton.

Hollis – who says the club are struggling to find a successor – fumed: “It’s been pathetic.

“I’ve been having to play myself in matches recently and I’m 45! So I’ve decided that I’m finishing at the end of the season.

“When I was in charge of the juniors, I told the club that if I had to chase players to play every week, that’s when I would quit, and that’s what’s happened.

“If I’d had all the players we signed at the start of the season, we would have been promoted, I have no doubt about that.

“But some have let me down – one signed and didn’t even turn up once – so, on balance, to finish where we are is not bad considering.”

Orleton could face Tenbury Town in Division One next season – but joint Town boss Keiran Fish admits his side’s recent form has left him questioning whether or not to drop down a level.

After suffering several Premier Division thrashings in the first half of the season, Fish told the Advertiser earlier this year Town may request relegation whether they finished bottom or not.

However, results have improved and after Saturday’s 3-2 win against basement side Kington Town gave second-bottom Tenbury a four-point cushion over their rivals, Fish admitted he may reconsider.

Fish said: “After a pretty dismal season, not finishing bottom would be a pretty good outcome and if we do finish second-bottom, we will have a chat with the boys and see what they say.

“They might want to stick it out in this league but, on the other hand, we have a couple of good youngsters coming through and it might be better for them if we drop down.

“Hopefully then we won’t take any 8-0 or 9-0 thrashings like we have this season – and hopefully we might give some thrashings out!

“But it will definitely be a factor, us getting these points the last few games and it gives me something to think about.”

Al Bright scored twice and set up Tenbury’s third for Jordan Arkell in the win over Kington, and Fish was delighted with his side’s display in such an important game.

He added: “Kington are at the same sort of level as us so we needed to want it more – and we did.”