NON-LEAGUE: Cuckoos admit fielding ineligible player in derby win

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Yaxley have admitted to fielding an ineligible player in a Christmas derby fixture.

The Cuckoos were reported by United Counties League Premier Division rivals Holbeach after triumphing 1-0 in South Lincolnshire on Bank Holiday Monday - the first league victory since mid-November.

The Yaxley teamsheet suggested they were fielding Under 21 goalkeeper Declan Bonsor in goal, but they did in fact play Under 18 keeper Josh Lynch.

Lynch’s name was initially written on the teamsheet, but then crossed out and replaced by that of Bonsor.

Writing on Twitter, Yaxley president Jeff Lenton admitted: We’re holding our hands up and not contesting the Holbeach report.

“It is just a shame for the players who fought for the win.”

A United Counties League spokesman confirmed receipt of a report on the matter from Holbeach, who are chasing the Premier Division title.

The Cuckoos are almost certain to be deducted the three points gained at Carters Park and could also face a financial punishment for the offence.

However, based on previous cases of ineligible players being fielded in UCL fixtures, it appears unlikely the match will be replayed.