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Bangor men have been relegated from the Ulster Premier League after an unsuccessful appeal against their demotion which they lodged when the season was halted in April due to the Covid-19 pandemic. (stock photo)

Bangor men have been relegated from the Ulster Premier League after an unsuccessful appeal against their demotion which they lodged when the season was halted in April due to the Covid-19 pandemic. (stock photo)

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Bangor men have been relegated from the Ulster Premier League after an unsuccessful appeal against their demotion which they lodged when the season was halted in April due to the Covid-19 pandemic. (stock photo)

Bangor men have been relegated from the Ulster Premier League after an unsuccessful appeal against their demotion which they lodged when the season was halted in April due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Following the decision, the club was considering taking further action and going down a legal route after they finished second bottom in the top flight based on a mathematical formula roughly equating to points-per-game-played.

Bangor would normally have been granted a promotion/relegation play-off against the runners up in the Intermediate League, however Ulster Hockey decided on a two-up, two-down mechanism with the result that the Co Down outfit were relegated - a decision which has been ratified after Bangor's appeal was considered by an independent panel.

Bangor chairman Scott Parker said: "We have decided against taking the matter further which, we believe, would not be in the interests of either our club or Ulster hockey." 

In a joint statement with Bangor, Ulster Hockey said: "Both parties have reached a common understanding (and) in the light of feedback provided by Bangor HC, Ulster Hockey has committed to review elements of the appeal process and, in particular, communication of decisions with member clubs and communication during the appeals process, to ensure continued governance improvement."

Meanwhile, Bangor have appointed ex-Annadale star Ryan Burgess as player-coach as they bid to bounce back into the top flight next season

Belfast Telegraph