EP forced to concede game to Pagham

EP boss Sammy Donnelly
EP boss Sammy Donnelly

EAST PRESTON Football Club boss Sammy Donnelly spoke of his disappointment after he was unable to field a side on Saturday.

EP were due to travel to Pagham in County League Division 1 but they only had five players available.

Donnelly said: “It’s just not acceptable that we did not have a team. We had only five players available for the game and you need seven to play.

“I absolutely love my football and, to be honest, I missed not having a game on Saturday. I’m worried now about whether we will be able to field a side for the remaining games of the campaign.”

Donnelly feels that the club should have implemented a reserve team and under-18 side years ago. EP currently do not have either but there are plans in place to have both for next season.

He added: “If the club had a reserve team or an under-18 side, we would not have found ourselves in this position.

“To not be able to field a team in the County League is never a great feeling.

“But, at the end of the day, I’m a manager and not a magician and we just did not have the players available on the day. It’s hard enough managing a side without having a constant worry that you may not be able to field a side.”

It is the second time this season EP have failed to field a team, after they conceded their Peter Bentley Cup tie to Arundel in October.