ROYTON Town may get a boost in their fight to avoid relegation, courtesy of an opponent allegedly fielding an ineligible player.
The Cheshire County FA is investigating claims Dukinfield Town broke the rules in the Manchester League Premier Division tie on Saturday, January 25.
It is alleged a player who had been sent off in a previous match appeared under an assumed name.
And if it is proven, Town would be handed three points, even though they lost the match 3-1.
That would be a massive shot in the arm to their chances of staying in the Premier Division as at the time of writing, they lie just five points above bottom placed Manchester Gregorians, who have two matches in hand.
Town may have endured a difficult season at first team level but the reserve and youth ranks continue to go great guns.
In Manchester League Division Four, the second string sit three points above third placed Altrincham Hale with three games in hand.
And if they win the two fewer they have played than leaders Dukinfield Town A they will be top of the table.
Royton’s all-conquering Under-13s side is also in the last four of the Lancashire FA County Youth Cup, having scored an astonishing 40 goals in the five ties they won to get there.
And they face Bolton-based FC Strikerz U13 Bullets for a place in the final, with Oakhill FC and Lune Valley Juniors in the other semi-final.
“They’ve done really well in this competition,” said Paul Gidley, Royton Town U13s’ manager, who also takes charge of the reserve side.
“They played five games to get this far and won 9-2, 11-2, 8-0, 8-1 and 4-1. They’ve got a really good chance of going all the way.
“Just getting to the final would be a good achievement. More than 100 sides entered the competition and now they’re down to the last four.”
Royton’s reserves saw their last match at Boothstown fall victim to Storm Dennis while they have been drawn away at Elton Vale Reserves in round one of the Manchester League’s Open Trophy.
The league clash has been rearranged for Saturday, February 22 – although the cup tie was also meant to be played on the same day – while Royton round off the month with a local derby against Heyside Reserves on Saturday, February 29.