Clarets admit using ineligible player in semi-final victory
Deeping Rangers are set to appeal their expected elimination from the United Counties League KO Cup.
The Clarets have admitted fielding an ineligible player in Tuesday night's crushing 6-2 home victory over Premier Division leaders Daventry Town at the Haydon Whitham Stadium.
Tyler Walker - who came on as an 89th minute substitute in the semi-final clash - had already appeared in a first round tie for Boston Town in their victory at Peterborough Northern Star.
Although yet to receive official confirmation, Deeping announced at Saturday's home clash with Cogenhoe that they are expecting to be removed from the competition after a decision was made by league officials at Friday night's UCL Reserve Cup final.
But manager Michael Goode is hoping that the minimal impact of Walker's involvement in the last four tie will give grounds for an appeal.
He explained: "We recognised it retrospectively and we alerted the league. We could have kept our mouths shut but we didn't.
"We knew we had broken the rules but we also believe that, in breaking that rule, it wasn't done with any intent to change the game.
"We made the substitution because the game was over. It was really just to try and disrupt the flow at the end.
"He's made no impact on the result of the match and that's what we will be appealing against.
"The ruling states that you will be fined and 'may' be removed from the competition not 'will' be.
"Based on that ruling, we felt that the league would probably have a discussion about the ethics and morals of the decision.
"We don't dispute that we have broken the rules. We are maybe disputing that the morals and the ethics haven't been taken into consideration in this case.
"If the ruling 'may' is there then I would ask the question in what circumstances would a player play in that situation and the result be allowed to stand or a re-match be played.
"It's devastating for the lads because we'd had three tough away games to get to the semi-final and then we've destroyed the league leaders.
"I think we deserved that place in the final. If Tyler had started the game or come on and had an impact on the result, like Maniche Sani did at 3-2 and scored the fourth goal or maybe even affected what the result might have been, then we could understand that but he hasn't.
"We'll see what occurs and will appeal it on those grounds and make a statement that sometimes laws are broken, but sometimes rules have to be interpreted in a different way."
The Rangers players were notified ahead of Saturday's home victory over Cogenhoe where an injury-time strike from Luke Hunnings earned the Clarets a 2-1 win to cement second spot in the Premier Division.
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