Tadcaster Albion striker Joe Thornton has left Ings Lane one week into the new Northern Counties East League season due to family commitments.
On the eve of Albion’s FA Cup extra-preliminary tie at Hebburn Town, Thornton told club officials travelling was proving more difficult than he anticipated.
The Barnsley-based player signed for Taddy in June after scoring 22 goals to help Shaw Lane Aquaforce win the NCEL Premier Division last season.
He opened his account for the Brewers with two goals in the 6-3 opening day victory over Maltby Main after boss Billy Miller partnered him up front alongside Josh Greening.
Thornton said: “I would like to thank Billy and everybody at Tad for giving me the opportunity to represent such a well-supported club, but I’ve got to put my children and partner first.
“Tad have been brilliant and are a top club. I knew that the travelling was going to be a bit of a struggle, but it has been a lot harder than I imagined.
“I need to move to a club nearer to home.”
Thornton becomes the third striker to leave title-chasing Tadcaster in the last two weeks.
Former York City youth player Calum Ward hooked up with ex-Brewers boss Paul Marshall at Pickering Town last week.
David Brown signed for Evo-Stik First Division North side Ossett Town on Thursday after Miller left out of the Albion squad for the first two matches of the season.
Albion chairman Matt Gore said: “We’re obviously very disappointed that Joe is leaving, but we’d rather it have happened at this early stage of the season.
“Joe scored two goals on his league debut and we know he would have gone on to score thirty or more goals for us this season, but we are big believers in putting family first.
“He’s got a young family and another one on the way, so we completely understand his situation.
“Not only will we miss Joe, but we’ll also miss his Dad who was fast becoming a popular figure on the sidelines.
“I want to thank Joe for being open and honest. In the short time he was here, he was well-liked by both the fans and the players, and in an ideal world we would have kept him for the full season and beyond.
“We rate him very highly and wish him all the best for the future.”