SYDENHAMS Wessex Premier high-fliers Lymington Town could face sanctions after allegedly fielding an ineligible player.

The Hampshire FA confirmed charges had been issued regarding Zak Pickett’s involvement in Lymington’s 2-1 win over table-topping Blackfield & Langley earlier this month.

Pickett condemned the Watersiders to a first league defeat of the season when he netted the decisive second goal at the Sports Ground.

However, the defender had been sent off after receiving a straight red card in Lymington’s 3-2 defeat at Sholing seven days previously.

Rules – implemented by the Wessex League at the start of this season – state all suspensions will start seven days from the date of the offence. Previously, bans had kicked in after 14 days.

A statement from Hampshire FA read: “We can confirm that the player has allegedly played whilst under a suspension.

“Charges have been issued and we are awaiting a response from the club and player following which a disciplinary commission will be convened to consider this matter further.”

Should the charge be proven, Lymington could face a points deduction and receive a fine, while the Wessex League also has the power to order a replay.

Moneyfields were stripped of the Wessex Premier title last season – following an unsuccessful appeal – having been docked three points after being found guilty of fielding a player under suspension.