Wisbech Town FC joint boss Dick Creasey has hit out at a new league ruling that means the club cannot re-invigorate their injury-hit squad.
The Fenmen lost joint manager and key defender Paul Cousins to head and leg injuries in the final home game of their season last week against local rivals Holbeach Utd.
It has left Wisbech depleted for the last three games of the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League 2013/14 Premier Division campaign, which are all away.
The season is over for defender Scott Johnson, while forward Matt Lunn has also been affected by injury.
Wisbech cannot sign any players after March 31.
Creasey fumed: “Last season they brought in a new rule that you can’t make a registration after March 31, so you have to go with what you’ve got. It’s an absolutely stupid rule at this level.
“You know at Easter weekend there is going to be one or two players drop out because of family commitments - and that’s the problem with not having a reserves side.
“People aren’t going to sign for the sake of one game.”
Since their run to the Carlsberg FA Vase quarter-final, Wisbech have rarely been able to field a bench full of first team regulars following the departures of top scorer Tom James - who has gone on a trip to Australia - and fellow forward James Tricks.
On Saturday Wisbech had a first team squad of 14 when winning 3-1 at Northampton Sileby Rangers. Kieron Doherty netted a hat-trick on 8, 25 and 40 minutes (the third a penalty). Sileby’s goal was also from the spot (Lance Allen 31).
An injury to the referee late in the second half meant Creasey had to take the flag.
Wisbech: Jordan, Millson, Fairweather, Reid, Spafford, Doherty, Reed, White, Battersby, Lunn, Smith. Subs: Green, Clayton, Cousins.