Derwent seconds have been deducted two points in the College Cup, after they failed to provide a referee for one of Monday’s games.
They were scheduled to provide the referee for the 4pm match between Alcuin seconds and Halifax seconds, which ended 3-2 to Halifax, but organiser Joe Boughtflower was forced to step in to referee the match.
The two point sanction for failing to field a referee has always been in place and is a rule that all captains had been made aware of.
They now sit bottom of Group 3, on minus two points after they lost 1-0 to Vanbrugh thirds last Thursday.
In an email to sent to team captains this evening, Boughtflower said, “There really is no excuse. If you do not turn up it often means that somebody has to step in last minute, this isn’t fair and also means the games do not start on time.
“I understand it may seem harsh to dock points, but in order for this tournament to work it is crucial that referees are always there. Everybody only has to organise 2/3 games to referee, it isn’t the toughest thing to sort out in the world and is the one aspect I have left to the captains to organise. The deduction to Derwent 2nds of 2 points will hopefully underline to you the need to make sure you have a referee there. I have consistently said no excuses and this example shows that it will be followed through.
“Unfortunately this has had to happen, hopefully it doesn’t again.”