Arniston Rangers admit breaking rules

Arniston Rangers 4-2 Penicuik Athletic
Arniston Rangers 4-2 Penicuik Athletic

An administrative error could hand back the three points Penicuik Athletic dropped last week in a local derby, aiding their Premier League title bid.

Their title-denting derby defeat at Arniston Rangers last Wednesday could be overturned after Penicuik lodged a protest with the East Region Scottish Junior Football Association that Arniston used an ineligible player, namely Nicky Faulds, who had been given a two-match ban.

Arniston Rangers secretary Alan Walker admitted to the Advertiser that he had made an “administration error”, adding: “It’s an error on my part, I hold my hands up.

“It’s unfortunate but that’s how it goes. That’s what I get for not paying attention.

“The manager has apologised to the players for me.”

The governing body’s next meeting is due to take place on May 13 but the disciplinary committee may meet earlier.

If the protest is upheld, the points would go to title-chasing Penicuik in a 3-0 scoreline.

Penicuik’s president John Fraser said: “At the end of the day it would appear to be a clear breach of the rules from what we have seen. So unless there are any mitigating circumstances then that is for the association to assess. I don’t envy their task.

“It’s unfortunate that we find ourselves in this situation as we have got a good relationship with Arniston Rangers.”

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