Boss Mason furious as Long Buckby are docked six points

NOT HAPPY - Phil Mason

NOT HAPPY - Phil Mason

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Phil Mason has labelled the United Counties League’s decision to deduct Long Buckby six points ‘an absolute joke’.

The Bucks have been punished for selecting midfielder Joe Power, who failed to pay a fine picked up in Sunday football more than a year ago.

Power picked up the fine during his time playing for Mason’s Woodford United and the manager has been angered by the UCL’s decision to punish Buckby for the offence.

The deduction leaves the Station Road side perilously close to the UCL Premier Division relegation zone, with four sides below them in the table all having plenty of games in hand.

And Mason said: “It’s killed us really. It’s put us just above the bottom four and it’s outrageous.

“If that gets us relegated it’s an absolute joke and they (the UCL need to wake up).

“They’ve made some terrible decisions and I’m not sure what they’re playing at.

“They’ve gone back and slapped that on us and I don’t get how we’ve been punished for it. It’s nothing to do with Long Buckby because Joe wasn’t playing for the club at the time.

“Joe’s been with us all season and now they decide to punish us, with just seven games to go. I’m very disillusioned.”

Buckby host Peterborough Northern Star on Saturday knowing they must start to pick up points as they bid to stave off the threat of the drop.

And Mason, who saw his side suffer a 3-0 defeat to Cogenhoe United in the semi-finals of the NFA Hillier Senior Cup on Tuesday night, said: “Other teams have got more games to play and we’re going to have to rely on them dropping points.

“We just need to get as many points as we can.”

Woodford United were in action in division one on Tuesday night, and went down 4-1 at Potton United.

It was 1-1 at half-time, with Ian Anderson on target for the managerless Reds, but the home side ran away with the game after the break.

This Saturday rock-bottom Woodford are on home soil when they host Raunds Town.