Gap Connah's Quay withdraw appeal against point deduction

Welsh Premier League

Gap Connah's Quay have withdrawn their appeal against a point deduction given for fielding an ineligible player.

The Welsh Premier club had insisted they were innocent of the charge, blaming a Football Association of Wales database for player registration.

But the Nomads sayexternal-link they have now dropped their action "for the good of Welsh football".

They say the time to set up the appeal hearing would have a detrimental impact on the club and the league.

A point's deduction resulted in Connah's Quay slipping from sixth to seventh place, and consequently missing out on a place in the top half of the league following the mid-season split in two.

A successful appeal, therefore, could have had far reaching implications on all the fixtures for the second half of the season.

The club say "intensive" talks were held with the Football Association of Wales after they notified them of their intention to appeal.

A FAW panel deducted the club a point and fined them £250 for fielding Lee Davey as a substitute in a Welsh Premier match.

Davey had previously played for Colwyn Bay and Conwy Borough this season. Participating for three teams in one season is not permitted.

Connah's Quay claim Davey's registration history had been inaccurate on the FAW's database.

But a Welsh Premier League statementexternal-link said: "Clubs are reminded of their responsibility to undertake stringent checks when registering players .

"The FAW 'My Club' portal doesn't provide information on whether a player has participated in matches, as many leagues are either under area association control or under the jurisdiction of another national association."

Connah's Quay say they have made "several key points to improve" their database but accept the one-point deduction.