HORSHAM manager Hugo Langton was livid after being told new signing Tommy Murphy was not able to play in their Bank Holiday derby clash at Lewes, 45 minutes before kick off.
The former Gillingham and Farnborough striker/winger was not able to play, as the ‘hard copy’ of his registration had been delayed in the pre-Christmas post. And Murphy’s absence was a blot on an otherwise great day for the Hornets as they snatched a 1-1 draw at the Dripping Pan through a last-gasp Kery Kedze goal.
Langton fumed: “I’m angry with the Ryman League. I had a phone call 45 minutes before kick-off saying he couldn’t play because the hard copy of his registration has been delayed in the post.
“His face fell when I told him and I think it’s pathetic. It’s part-time football and they think they are playing God! If he’d have played against his former club you can’t help thinking we’d have got something more today.”
Ryman League vice chairman Nick Robinson said: “Far from criticising us I think we should be congratulated. We were proactive and contacted him. That saved Horsham from losing a point for fielding an unregistered player. Two other clubs, Whyteleafe and Grays, have lost points this season through registrations.
“Horsham could have brought the form in person to our office in Dartford like some other clubs have done. Or they could have sent another emergency registration form by fax or e-mail up to four hours before kick-off.”