Imps keeper Richard Walton is at the centre of an Evo-stick South ruling that has cost ambitious Cleethorpes Town 12 points this last week.
Cleethorpes, who were sixth in the table at the time, have had the points deducted after failing to register Walton in time after his move from City. An Evo-stick league statement released on Monday read:
“The EVO-STIK League South club (Cleethorpes) accepted a charge of breaching League Rule 6.9 after being found guilty at a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday. The club was also fined £100 before officials informed the EVO-STIK League on Saturday that they were waiving the right to appeal and would accept the sanction for failing to get approval for a loan player from the Football Association in accordance with the requirements of League Rule 6.4.1. and subsequently fielding him in seven fixtures.”
Naturally, the Owls were disappointed in the outcome but have chosen not to appeal the decision. They said on their website:
“The club were contacted by The FA and Evo-Stik League concerning the re-registration of Keeper Richard Walton from Lincoln City. Following a Disciplinary Hearing held earlier this week, the Evo-Stik League have informed the Club that the registration was not completed correctly, hence the league have imposed a 12 point deduction with immediate effect. The Management and Players have been informed of the points deduction. For everyone associated with the Club, especially the supporters, this is devastating news especially, following our successes during the past 18 months. However, as you would expect we are all determined and committed to make up lost ground and strive for further success. We look forward to our valued supporters getting behind the Management and Players during the remainder of the season. Thank you for you continued excellent support.”
So…Pretty crap week last week learning we lost 12 points
a) We learn we are in the Lincs Senior Cup and play @SUFCOfficial pre season 1st round
b) Stadium moving along well now
c) Tomorrow we play league leaders @Basfordutdfc as we start to chase down the 12 pts! pic.twitter.com/T8mYDPc4gE
— Cleethorpes Town FC (@CleeTownFC) February 9, 2018
It has certainly halted their relentless charge up the divisions, albeit on a temporary basis. Although they were sixth, had they won their games in hand they would have found themselves second, just four point behind runaway leaders Basford.
Youngster Walton hasn’t had the easiest of times this season. He initially joined Gainsborough Trinity on loan, but after one error-strewn display he was frozen out of the action. Danny, keen to ensure the youngster got maximum game time, arranged the deal with Cleethorpes which had been a success. He returned to Lincoln ahead of the transfer deadline to cover for the injured Josh Vickers.
The issue seems to have arisen not with his initial one-month loan, but the subsequent extension in early December.
Walton had his Trinity loan cancelled to facilitate the move to the Owls, who play at the same level as Lincoln United. On his first move, Danny said; “”Cleethorpes had a very good season last year, which included a trip to Wembley in the FA Vase, so it’s a good environment for one of our younger players to be in. It’s important for our young players to go out and get involved in first team football for their development.”
It has been a bittersweet week for the real Cleethorpes Town, they’ve recently been accepted into the Lincs Senior Cup, the same competition as the Imps. They’ll face Scunthorpe United in pre-season.