League committee clears Wisbech

THE League Committee have investigated the allegation that Market Deeping made, that Wisbech Ladies 2nd XI unfairly strengthened their side in the two sides’ Cambs Premier League game by using players from the Wisbech Ladies 1st XI.

It was found that Wisbech Ladies 1st XI played their strongest side and in addition took one substitute (squad of 12). All outfield players in that team usually played for the 1st XI during the season. The next strongest 12 players were selected to play for the club’s 2nd XI who beat Market Deeping 1-0.

A Wisbech statement said how the club made its case: “Rules state ‘A club having two or more teams in the CWHL, or, one or more teams in the EWL or Five Counties League, must select their team on playing strength so that the strongest available side is put out at each level commencing with the highest team. If a team has a lack of available regular players, it shall use players from lower teams to make up the deficiency, and so on down the club.’

“This is exactly what happened on the weekend in question.

“The selection of 12 players for the first team was made on March 12 by the first and second team captains. For the first team this was a must win match in order to clinch the title and ensure promotion.

“I can tell you that the first team captain is completely intent on promotion and winning the league unbeaten so there was absolutely no scope for them to weaken their team to advantage the second team.

“To have weakened the first team would have risked them not winning and clinching the title and promotion.”