Buckland hopes for leniency after YM fielded ineligible player in cup

FA Cup: Horsham YMCA v AFC Croydon Athletic (Pics of manager Peter Buckland). SR1519747 Pic Steve Robards SUS-150817-124423001
FA Cup: Horsham YMCA v AFC Croydon Athletic (Pics of manager Peter Buckland). SR1519747 Pic Steve Robards SUS-150817-124423001
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Horsham YMCA manager Peter Buckland is hoping the Southern Combination League might take a light stance after they played an ineligible player in the Peter Bentley Cup.

Mark Zydonik came off the bench for the last ten minutes in second round 5-3 win over Crawley Down Gatwick after extra-time.

But the defender had already come on in added time for his former club Littlehampton in their 3-1 defeat to Oakwood in the competition.

YM were set to host Hassocks in the third round on Tuesday night, but that has been postponed pending a SCFL enquiry - although Buckland is hoping they might be allowed to remain in the competition.

He said: “It’s been most unfortunate and I think I am right in saying YM have never done anything like this before.

“They have always done things by the book, which is obviously the way it should be.

“Mark overlooked that he had come on in the 95th minute for Littlehampton and not even touched the ball.

“When they picked up on it we presumed we would be kicked out, but it was worth point out the mitigating circumstances - but we can’t be bitter about it either way.

“They may see it as our first offence and the fact he has only come on for a minute and let us stay in, but if they do kick us out, we can’t say too much as they are the rules.

“Which ever way they deal with it it’s unfortunate, but in the worst case we can always focus on the league.”

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