Wit­ter­sham fi­nally get the nod

Foot­ball

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Wit­ter­sham have fi­nally been con­firmed as Ash­ford Satur­day League cham­pi­ons.

The East Sus­sex club re­ceived the tro­phy at their pre­sen­ta­tion night on Satur­day win­ning it on goal dif­fer­ence af­ter fin­ish­ing level with Ten­ter­den Town.

The de­lay sur­rounded Town’s failed protest over Wit­ter­sham not be­ing de­ducted the goals from their 11-0 home win against Smeeth & Brabourne last Oc­to­ber, de­spite los­ing the points for field­ing an in­el­i­gi­ble player.

League chair­man Barry Jones said: “He was only in- volved for a few min­utes late in the game, but Wit­ter­sham be­lieved he was as signed en-bloc at the start of the sea­son.”

He added: “No­body in­volved with the league can ever re­mem­ber it end­ing in a tie. It has al­ways been in our rules that points are de­ducted but goals are not.

“We sought clar­i­fi­ca­tion first from the Kent FA, who then re­ferred it to the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion.”

Wit­ter­sham player-man­ager Shane Ridgers has left to take over at Rye Town.

The league hold their an­nual meet­ing at Sandy­acres next Wed­nes­day, put back 24 hours from the orig­i­nal date.

Mr Jones con­firmed seven new teams are seek­ing elec­tion, with the com­pe­ti­tion set to re­vert to two di­vi­sions.

They are still seek­ing a re­place­ment for long serv­ing Sandy Black­more who stood down as fix­ture sec­re­tary at the end of last sea­son.

In a mes­sage to clubs on the league’s Face­book page, he said: “It’s time for me to hand the reins over af­ter 20-years plus on the com­mit­tee. Thanks for all your help...and mak­ing my job eas­ier.”

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