An FA Appeals panel this morning upheld a Football Conference misconduct charge levelled against the club.

The club are sad to announce that they have lost the appeal against a charge of Misconduct by the Football Conference, a decision which see’s five points immediately deducted from the league table.

Events arising as far back  as August saw the misconduct charge being issued, and whilst the Football Association are pleased with the manner in which the new owners are operating the business, this is a club issue, for which as an entity they are liable for the punishment.

Spencer Day commented soon after leaving the hearing “I am very disappointed at today’s result and that potential relegation is being decided off the pitch as opposed to on it.”

He added ” However,  I accept the Football Association’s decision, it has always been our intention to build bridges both on and off of the pitch since we arrived at the club late last year and we will continue to do so.

It is particularly difficult on our playing squad who have achieved the 48 points, and we now must lift the players for the vital last two matches.

Whilst it is an extreme disappointment for our supporters, who I must reiterate have been absolutely tremendous throughout the whole campaign, I trust they will get behind the club as a whole, and together we will give it a concerted effort to avoid relegation and not let history drag us down due to no fault of our own.”

The final two matches see the visit of Havant & Waterlooville this coming Saturday (21st), and a tough away trip to Sutton United on the final day of the season.