Hastings given point penalty after Masters ban
By: Andrew Raeburn
Hastings United have been deducted a point after it emerged defender Bryce Masters was banned when he made his debut.
The 21-year-old came on in the 89th minute of the goalless draw with Faversham on March 31, his only appearance to date for the club.
But it later transpired the full-back should have been serving a two-match suspension after picking up 10 bookings since the start of the season while playing for Rye.
The ban had only come into effect two days before he played against Faversham, by which point Rye had long since withdrawn from the Sussex County League.
In a further unfortunate twist, Masters was not even named in the initial matchday squad for the Faversham game and was only put on the bench after Sam Cruttwell suffered a knee injury during the warm-up.
The club has apologised for what it called a ‘regrettable administrative oversight’ and will not appeal the deduction.
It won’t impact the club’s hopes of making the play-offs, which after Monday’s results now depend on Burgess Hill dropping points at Sittingbourne on Saturday and Hastings beating Crawley Down Gatwick.