Boston Town chairman Mick Vines left ‘mystified’ as King’s Lynn match is to be replayed

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BOSTON Town chairman Mick Viness says he is ‘mystified’ as to why his side will have to replay their home clash with King’s Lynn.

The United Counties League have ordered the Poachers and Linnets to replay their Premier Division clash, which the league leaders won 1-0.

The reason is because Lynn fielded Rob Hughes for the match on October 25, and he was ineligible to play due to being suspended.

However, because of mitigating circumstances - the suspension had been earned while playing for another club - it was decided the visitors will be offered a chance to win their points back.

“I’m mystified,” said Vines.

“I thought that rules were rules and if you fielded an ineligible player you would be deducted the points.

“It’s what happened to Newport Pagnell, so I don’t know why things are different now.”

Pagnell had points deducted for the same offence after beating Blackstones this campaign.

Vines admits he was astonished at having to replay the fixture, especially as he knew nothing of Hughes’ ineligibility.

However, he admits to seeing this as a good opportunity for his improving Poachers side to test themselves against the division’s top side.

He added: “I’m really happy with how things are going with (manager) Phil Jones.

“He’s got some new players in and the team are playing good football.

“I think we’re in a good position now and we’ll be set for a good season next season.

“It was a shock to us as we didn’t know (Hughes) was suspended... We weren’t the ones who reported it.”

The Town versus Lynn match will be replayed on Tuesday (KO 7.45pm).

But first, the Poachers host Newport Pagnell on Saturday (KO 3pm).