WISBECH Rugby Club have had the 13 points deducted confirmed for playing an ineligible player in their win against Newmarket in the London 3 North East Division in November.
Wisbech won the game by 20-8 win against Newmarket when fielding a former player Ben Hoyles who had joined Spalding at the start of the season.
The win against Newmarket came as something of a surprise as the visitors had not lost in their previous 68 matches and they made a complaint that Wisbech had played an ineligible player.
Wisbech were deducted five points for playing an ineligible player and were also deducted a further eight points for a false name on the team sheet.
The club appealed for leniency but the decision was upheld by the London Competitions Committee.
The points deduction leaves Wisbech at the foot of the table nine points adrift of their nearest rivals Campion and they now face a very tough battle to avoid relegation.
Mike Ward, the divisional competitions administrator, confirmed that the one appeal had been turned down but added: “The club can make a final appeal to the Rugby Football Union.”
But a statement from the Wisbech club read: “Wisbech RUFC has received notification of the outcome of its appeal for leniency for the fielding of an ineligible player in the game against Newmarket on 20th November 2010.
“Sadly for the club, the London and SE Divisional organising committee have upheld the original decision made against the club which will result in the club being deducted five points for fielding an ineligible player and a further eight points for submitting an incorrect match card.
“The club can take its appeal to a higher level, however it is unlikely that the course of action will be taken.
“Whilst the club is disappointed in the decision, the players and coaching team will be making every effort to retain their place in the London North East Three Division and will look to bring success to the club in the New Year, particularly in the Senior Vase.”
n Wisbech’s first team return to action this Saturday with a trip to Bancrofts in the London 3 North East Division.
n The club’s second string have a local derby game against West Norfolk.
n The Senior Vase home tie against Lowestoft and Yarmouth has been rearranged for February 12.