Stithians FC boss calls for rule change after his side misses out on semi-final place (From Falmouth Packet)
Stithians FC boss calls for rule change after his side misses out on semi-final place
9:36am Thursday 31st May 2012 in Sport
Stithians FC Reserves boss Dave Kippax has called for the rules to be changed in the Trelawny League regarding teams not showing up for matches after his side missed out on a semi-final place in the Supplementary Cup.
Stithians FC went into their final match of the group stage, against bottom of the table Trelander, knowing a 2-0 win would guarantee them a spot in the last four.
However, Trelander failed to raise a side. Stithians were then awarded the three points, but not the goal difference and as a result missed out.
Four Lanes, who had beaten Trelander 6-3 and 2-1 early in the competition, got the runner’s up spot instead. Speaking about the incident Kippax, said: “We needed a two-nil win, and then a semi-final place would of been ours. Trelander just didn't turn up. There was no explanation, they just didn’t show.
“Our reaction was disappointment and upset, as we had won nine of the last 10 games to get in this position.
“The problem you have in this league is there doesn’t seem to be punishment for the teams that don’t show or can not raise a team. Getting three points, but not your goals does make a difference.
“What would happen if top two teams played on the last game of the season and the first place team were three points ahead and one goal better off?
“With the rules as they are they don’t have to play that game. They could not show up, lose the points but win the league by one goal.”