Felixstowe United manager’s disgust with the SIL

THERE is still considerable unrest in the Felixstowe United camp over the way the championship of the Kingsley Healthcare SIL was decided last season.

They would have finished top if they had not had points taken away for fielding an ineligible (suspended) player while Old Newton, who were crowned champions, got away with having their knuckles rapped after also fielding an ineligible player for more games but in different circumstances.

The two teams meet at Trimley Sports Centre on Saturday and a lively encounter is anticipated!

Carl Baldwin manages the United first team along with Ian Watson, who came out on these pages a couple of weeks to say ‘Fair play – we are not happy but we have to abide by those who run the league and do a wonderful job for local football.’

“I get on well with Ian of course, but being the senior partner I have to make public that I don’t agree with Ian and make known my disgust of the SIL,” said Baldwin.

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“I want to make it clear that I have nothing against Old Newton, and in their position I would have acted as they did. And I appreciate that they acted in good faith all the way through.

“But I cannot hide my disgust with the SIL.

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“They took the easy way out after handing out no punishment after the FA had found Old Newton guilty of playing someone who was under a sine die suspension albeit with another county.

“The decision was too big for them, and they failed the league and member clubs.

“With so many adjustments that would have had to be made because of the length of time the offending player appeared for Newton it would have caused too much hassle for the league to cope with.

“The decisions makers were not big enough to make the right decision and I’ll never forgive them. Either you are suspended as the FA proved – or you are not.”

United were deducted points for fielding a player who was banned short term for receiving yellow cards and Baldwin knows that he must move on.

He appreciates that the best cause of action is to prove to be the best this season.

But whatever happens this term it won’t erase his memories of 2009/10.

Clubs are still falling foul of the rules with Halesworth Town deducted six points for fielding an unregistered player in their Division One SIL 3-0 win over Stowupland Falcons. The match may be replayed later in the season if Stowupland require 3 points or less to win promotion or avoid relegation.

Waterside have been deducted three points for fielding an unregistered player in their 5-2 defeat at Walsham-le-Willows A.

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