Old Gold's wait over top 6 place
CARMARTHEN Town face an anxious wait to discover if they have qualified for the top-six Conference in the Welsh Premier League.
An amazing Saturday saw Town frustrated that they had missed out, then left delighted at hearing Connah's Quay — who edged them out of the top six on goal difference — had later been deducted a point for fielding an ineligible player.
That meant Carmarthen finished in sixth place, though the North Wales side have launched an appeal against the decision.
A Welsh Premier League statement read: "Connah's Quay have been found guilty by a Football Association of Wales disciplinary panel of fielding an ineligible player.
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"The panel decided to deduct the club one Welsh Premier League point and fine them £250 for fielding Lee Davey as a late substitute in the league match against Carmarthen Town on January 5."
Davey had previously played for Colwyn Bay and Conwy Borough this season. Playing for three teams in one season is not permitted.
The statement continued: "The Welsh Premier League is aware that this may impact the beginning of the second phase of the Welsh Premier League."
Town boss Mark Aizlewood said: "We have lost only two of the last 17 games which is a massive testimony to the spirit, character and fitness levels of the players.
"Depending on the outcome of Connah's Quay's appeal against the deduction of a league point for a player irregularity, we have a chance of finishing in the top half of the league. This would allow us to be in the top part of the split which means we could challenge for a European place next season.
"But whatever happens we have finished the league's first phase in mid-table. We have won the League Cup and are in the quarter-finals of the Welsh Cup."