Manager Spencer Day has issued the following statement following the Football Conference’s decision to dock the club five points for financial irregularities.

“I am extremely disappointed to hear of the Conference’s verdict and penalty last night. However the opportunity to make our defence and mitigation is at an appeal to the FA of which we will be lodging as soon as possible.

“The Club has been found guilty of an offence dating back to a document due in June last year and a dishonoured cheque way before I took charge at FFC but I accept that it is a Club responsibility.

“Due to a series of events the Club has yet to file any sort of defence to the charge and we look forward to the appeal where we can give the Conference and FA our position and let procedure run its course.

“Naturally, as the first┬áteam Manager, this is potentially a massive blow to our survival chances however we are still in a vastly better position in the League table than when we started in late November and I am very confident that the squad yet again will rise to the challenge to avoid relegation.

“Two exceptionally difficult away games at Eastleigh and Dartford are separated by a now vital home game against Eastbourne Borough next Tuesday night and I am hope the fans will continue to get behind us to again help us through another difficult time.

“Their support in recent weeks has been amazing and it is vital that the goodwill we have just started to rebuild on and off the pitch over the last couple of months is not ruined. We have to take responsibility both on and off the pitch and I am sure we will pull through this if we stick together.”