The National League board has deducted three points from Braintree Town for fielding an ineligible player in a National League match last season.

The club admitted the charge and was found guilty of a breach of Rule 6.9 for a player participating in the fixture against AFC Fylde after the expiration of a short term loan registration of Aaron Eyoma from Derby County. It was determined that the points gained from the match were to be deducted from the club’s record.

The National League table has been amended accordingly. The player was included in the Braintree side for the match on 13th April, but no extension to the previous loan arrangement had been sought or obtained.

Braintree Town therefore admitted the charge. The club say that then-manager Danny Searle advised club officials that the loan of the player was to be through to the end of the playing season, but that information was not included in the forms that were produced by Derby County and submitted by Braintree Town.

This would normally have been spotted by either club secretary Tom Woodley or chairman Lee Harding, and a loan extension requested, but this did not happen as Woodley was unavailable through injury incurred in the days before the match, while the chairman was away on business.

Danny Searle’s mitigation was also supported by Derby County. Lee Harding commented: “We apologised to both The FA and our league and new arrangements have now been introduced to ensure that a loan player cannot, in future, be included in our side unless a check is made on their eligibility.”


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