Taken from the Non League Digest.............
WORKINGTON SUFFER FOUR-POINT DEDUCTION
and The News & Star
Blue Square Bet North club Workington have been hit with a four-point
deduction for fielding an ineligible player. Will Vaulks played against
Altrincham and Gainsborough Trinity in October, but documents to extend his
loan from Tranmere Rovers were not completed. Reds have also been fined
GBP500. Borough Park officials blamed the mix-up on their League One
counterparts. The deduction will see Workington drop two places to
seventeenth in the table - just four points above the relegation zone.
Despite appealing the FA's ruling, the sport's governing body upheld its
decision. Reds blamed Tranmere for forgetting to send the necessary
paperwork to the Conference. In a statement, they said: "It is with much
regret that we have been deducted four points and fined GBP500 for playing
an ineligible player (Will Vaulks) against Altrincham and Gainsborough. This
came about due to Tranmere Rovers forgetting to send the necessary paperwork
to the Conference in time on our behalf. Despite the FA receiving, and
acknowledging, his registration, the Conference argued the club had failed
to notify them. We feel strongly that in the circumstances, the penalty was
severe, and the fine harsh. Despite travelling down to Wembley, at
considerable expense, the FA upheld its original decision."