GOALKEEPER Ryan Rayner has quit Wisbech Town under a cloud after being left out of the squad for the 1-1 draw against Clacton on Saturday.
Rayner, who joined the club at the start of the season after spells with Stevenage and Kettering, had not missed a Ridgeons League game until last week when he was unavailable against Norwich Utd.
Many fans blamed Rayner for the two goals conceded in the first FA Vase game against Dunston and he did not have the best of games against Wroxham in the FA Cup too.
Rayner said: “I was promised at the start of the season I would be number one for the season. Then on Thursday I was told by phone that I was not playing on Saturday and when I turned up on the ground I was not even on the bench.
“I think I have been unfairly treated by the club. I would have been available for midweek games after March 10.”
When asked about clapping the Clacton goal the 21-year-old commented: “I clapped the Wisbech goal and then the Clacton goal because it was a very good goal and for no other reason.
“I do however feel I would have saved that as I am 6ft 5in and the goalkeeper was about 5ft 8in. If I was not going to be in the squad there was no point in stopping as I want first team football.”
Rayner had informed told Appleby a month ago he would not be able to play midweek games because of work commitments and Ricky Lovelace, who had been playing at Skegness Town, was signed to stand-in.
Appleby said: “Initially when Ryan said he had to work midweek it looked as though he would miss only one game, but what with the FA Vase and the weather we had other midweek games added and he was going to miss about five games.
“Ricky came in and did well in two midweek games and it would not have been fair to the club, defenders or the two goalkeepers to keep changing them game by game.
“I had a decision to make on Saturday and decided to go with Ricky and I explained it all to Ryan who seemed happy and said he would fight for his place when he was available in midweek again.
“Then on Sunday afternoon I received a text from Ryan saying he would not be playing for the club again. I was not aware he had clapped the Clacton goal but if he did I would have sacked him.”
Lovelace has pledged to stay until the end of the season and delay his start to the cricket season with Woodhall Spa.
Appleby is hoping that the home draw against Clacton was just a blip as he chases more Ridgeons Premier Division points at Hadleigh this Saturday.
Matt Lunn has work commitments that will make his appearances limited over the next three weeks, however he hopes to return. Stacy Cartwright was in the squad last night.