BLACKFIELD & Langley are fuming at the “ludicrous” accusation they are to blame for title rivals Moneyfields fielding an ineligible player.
Moneyfields, who are four points clear at the top of the Sydenhams Wessex Premier, are set to have three points deducted after fielding new signing Ashley Howes when he was suspended.
Howes played two games for the Portsmouth club in January, when he was under a two-game suspension, shortly after signing from second-placed Blackfield.
Moneyfields manager Dave Carter has suggested Blackfield had details of Howes’ suspension removed from the Hampshire FA website.
“We checked the Hampshire system and could find no record of it,” he told the Portsmouth News.
“Apparently when the player signed for us Blackfield had it wiped from the system.”
Blackfield assistant manager Chris Farrell said: “It’s just ludicrous to think we could tamper with the Hampshire FA’s disciplinary records.
“Anyone who knows anything about football administration knows that’s just not possible.
“I can’t believe they’ve said that. We’re saying nothing else on the matter.
“From our perspective nothing has changed, we’ve still got to try and win all our remaining games.”
Moneyfields are considering whether to appeal the decision.
“Worst-case scenario is that we will get deducted three points and if so then maybe we will just take it on the chin,” said Carter.
“It will only make us all the more determined to go on and win the title.”
Blackfield kept the pressure on Moneyfields by winning their ninth successive match, 1-0 at Bemerton Heath Harlequins on Saturday, thanks to a 39th-minute goal by Jamie White.
The ex-Saint now has 36 in 38 games for the Watersiders this season.
“Jamie had two chances and scored from one of them,” said Farrell.
“It was a tough game of few chances.
“They really only fashioned one clear chance and that was put over the bar in the last ten minutes.
“We controlled most of the game without creating lots of chances and I thought we deserved the win.”
Blackfield have six games left. Next up is a visit this Saturday from Horndean, who Howes now plays for.