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THE PRESIDENT’S Cup competition has been axed by the Evo-Stik League to help avoid fixture congestion.

The competition, featuring Step 4 clubs, will not take place in 2011/12, with the cup, originally donated by former NPL chairman and President Derek Keighley, now going to the club which tops the Fair Play charts.

The decision to defer the running of the President’s Cup for at least one season received overwhelming backing at a recent meeting of club chairmen.

League chairman Mark Harris said: “Two poor winters, coupled with poor attendances, have meant the vast majority of ties in the President’s Cup lost money last season.

“We have already brought the start of the season forward by one week to help avoid fixture congestion later on, and the decision to defer the President’s Cup competition is part of that strategy.”

The League Challenge Cup will be the sole cup competition next season, featuring an open draw between teams competing in all three Evo-Stik Leagues.