The BetVictor Southern League have punished Basingstoke Town with a points deduction for playing an ineligible player.
Already in a relegation fight to safeguard their Step 4 status, the Southern League Division One South Club was deducted a single point on Thursday for fielding an ineligible player.
According to a statement released by the competition, the Hampshire outfit were penalised for playing Christopher Rackley while under suspension in a Southern League Division One South fixture on Saturday 21 September 2019 at AFC Totton.
The statement read: “Since the result of the match was a 0-0 draw, the point gained by the club has been deducted from its total. The club was also fined for the offence.”
Dan Brownlie’s Dragons are currently rock-bottom and a point behind Barnstaple Town but have a game in hand with a trip to play-off chasing Cinderford Town next up on Saturday.
Bownlie finally got his dream job as Basingstoke Town boss in September 2019 as the successor to Martin Kuhl after serving the last three Dragons managers as their number two.
The Dragons have also lost club stalwart Steve Williams in recent days after he decided to stand down from his role as club secretary and board member at their Camrose home, pictured, for personal reasons.
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