EVESHAM United face an anxious wait as the Southern League probes into registration issues that could lead to the deduction of up to 11 league points.

The Robins could also be kicked out of the Southern League Cup over a problem is understood to affect every fixture played this season bar Saturday’s 1-0 win at Melksham Town in Division One South.

Carl Abbott’s men had been due to host Halesowen Town in the League Cup tomorrow (Monday) but on Saturday announced the Southern League had postponed the fixture.

Worcester News understands that is down to Kai Tonge and Bradley Maslen-Jones not having their registrations updated to reflect the fact they had signed contracts with United prior to the start of the season having initially penned non-contract forms.

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League regulations do state that top brass “may vary its decision” in cases involving status upgrades with the same club but that will be of little comfort to those at the Jubilee Stadium while waiting for their fate to be decided.

It comes on the back of a strong start to the campaign with Evesham winning four and drawing one of the past five league games.

The maximum punishment is 12 points for ongoing cases of fielding ineligible players but only spoils earned during the period of indiscretion are allowed to be wiped out.

The Southern League must also decide whether to turf the Robins out of its knockout cup with the preliminary round success against Daventry Town being the club’s first in the competition for a decade.

It remains to be seen whether there will be any sanctions from the Football Association as Tonge got both goals in a 2-1 FA Cup extra preliminary round victory over Harefield United in August. Maslen-Jones also played.

Rules state the FA “shall remove the club from the competition, and may impose further penalties against the club”.

United have since exited the FA Cup but gained £4,390 from the prize fund. There is no mention in the rules about that having to be handed back.

Southern League rule 6.9 states: “Any club found guilty to have played an ineligible player in a match or matches shall have any points gained from that match or matches deducted from its record, up to a maximum of 12 points, and have levied upon it a fine.

“The board may also order that such match or matches be replayed on such terms as are decided by the board which may also levy penalty points against the club in default.

“The board may vary its decision in respect of the points gained in circumstances where a) the ineligibility is due to the failure to obtain an international transfer certificate or b) where the ineligibility is related to a change in the player’s status with the club whom he is registered or c) where the board determines that exceptional circumstances exist.”

League Cup rules state that “if a club is found guilty of playing an ineligible player in the League Challenge Cup, the club shall be subject to a fine as set out in the League Cup fines tariff and shall be expelled from the competition”.