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Last Updated: Thursday, 5 May, 2005, 11:21 GMT 12:21 UK
Chaotic finale to Unibond season
By Pete Oliver

A shambolic finale to the Unibond League season finally looks like ending with Hyde United going up to Conference North as premier division champions.

The Unibond League table was thrown into chaos when Spennymoor United confirmed that they would not be able to fulfil their fixtures.

With just a couple of games to go, the League's board expunged Spennymoor's results, which propelled Farsley Celtic to the top of the table after they had dropped four points to the north-east club.

Title rivals Hyde and Workington, who had fared better, slipped into the play-off places - but after both lodged an appeal with the Football Association, those play-offs were postponed.

1 - Hyde United 88 points

2 - Workington 85
3 - Farsley Celtic 83
4 - Whitby Town 80
5 - Prescot Cables 71

6 - Burscough 70
Now the FA has overturned the League's decision, which means Spennymoor's record has been reinstated - and each team yet to play them has been awarded three points, with no goals for or against.

As a result, Hyde have been restored to top spot, to the relief of manager Steve Waywell.

"We won it on the pitch and won it fair and square. This has taken the shine off it, but thankfully common sense has prevailed," Waywell told BBC Sport.

"I can't believe what¿s happened. But we deserve it, as Workington would have done. We have won it for the right reasons and we're looking forward to playing in Conference North."

The play-offs are now scheduled for this Saturday, but in a final twist Burscough have now lodged an appeal after the latest redrawing of the league table.

With Prescot Cables being awarded six points for their two outstanding games against Spennymoor, they have ousted Burscough from the final play-off berth.


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