Braintree Town have today been handed a points deduction for fielding an ineligible player during a National League match in the 2018/19 season.
The Iron finished 22nd and were relegated to the National League South, those due to being deducted a total of three points, they now finish 23rd.
The potentially reprieved Aldershot Town remain 21st, Havant & Waterlooville however switch places with Braintree and Maidstone United remain bottom.
BRAINTREE TOWN’S CLUB STATEMENT:
“Braintree deducted three points by League Iron field an ineligible slaver in a National Leaaue match The National League Board has deducted three points from Braintree Town for fielding an ineligible player in a National League match earlier this season.
The Club admitted the charge and was found guilty of a breach of Rule 6.9 for a player participating in the fixture against AFC Fylde after the expiration of a Short Term Loan registration of Aaron Eyoma from Derby County.
It was determined that the points gained from the match were to be deducted from the club’s record. The National League table has been amended accordingly.
The player was included in the Braintree side for the match on 13 April against AFC Fylde.
Unfortunately, no extension to the previous loan arrangement had been sought or obtained. Braintree Town therefore admitted the charge.
In mitigation to both The FA and National League, our then First Team Manager Danny Searle advised Club officials that the loan of the player was to be through to the end of the playing season, but that information was not included in the forms that were produced by Derby County and submitted by Braintree Town.
This would normally have been spotted by either our Club Secretary Tom Woodley or Chairman Lee Harding and a loan extension requested, but this did not happen as Tom Woodley was unavailable through injury incurred in the days before the match and the Chairman was away on business.
Our then First Team Manager’s mitigation was also supported by Derby County FC. Chairman Lee Harding commented: “We apologised to both The FA and our League and new arrangements have now been introduced to ensure that a loan player can not, in future, be included in our side unless a check is made on their eligibility.”