TOMORROW is D-day for Worcester Raiders with the Football Association (FA) set to hear an appeal that will decide the destiny of a title they thought they had won.

Darlaston Town (1874) has taken the West Midlands (Regional) League (WMRL) to the FA over allowing the result of an abandoned match between Bustleholme and Raiders to stand.

The hearing scheduled takes place at Wembley from 11am (Wednesday, May 29) with a decision expected on the day.

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Raiders had led Bustleholme 3-1 in the second minute of added time on March 19 when a brawl broke out involving players and staff of both clubs and members of the crowd.

Referee Pete Durnall called a premature halt with an FA Disciplinary Commission later finding charges proven against and handing punishments to both clubs and Bustleholme manager Scott Holden.

The decision over the result was a matter for the WMRL in line with the FA's Standard Code of Rules – uniform regulations that apply to clubs in each league at that level.

Guilt was implied through the league warning both clubs as to their future conduct but Raiders were awarded the win they had been on course for, the three points seeing them finish one ahead of Darlaston at the WMRL Division One summit more than a fortnight after the final fixture had been played.

Rule 20 E of the standard code states “the management committee shall rule that neither team will be awarded any points for that competition match and it shall not be replayed” for fixtures abandoned “owing to the conduct of both teams or their club member(s)”.

Darlaston’s argument is understood to centre around the WMRL not applying that rule with league officials set to attend a hearing at the national association’s headquarters.

Raiders chairman Kevin Jenkins said he did not feel it would be appropriate to comment ahead of the hearing.