Coldstream and Eyemouth United deducted three points

Eyemouth are now on -3 points
Eyemouth are now on -3 points

Coldstream and Eyemouth United have been deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player.

The three point deduction sets Eyemouth United into negative points, as they hadn't picked up a point all campaign. Meanwhile, Coldstream's chances of making the top five, and next season's East of Scotland Premiership, have taken a big hit.

The Streamers are now 10 points adrift of Dunbar United in fifth place, with two games in hand and six games left to play overall.

To make matters worse for Coldstream boss Jonny Fairbairn and his players, it was a 5-0 victory over Peebles which his side lost the points from. The same ineligible player played for both Eyemouth and Coldstream.

A Coldstream spokesperson told the Berwickshire News: "Coldstream fully accept the decision and will not be appealing it."

Eyemouth United Chairman Douglas Aitchison explained: "We were deducted three points, as were Coldstream, for fielding a player who had no international clearance."

Meanwhile, Eyemouth United are also on the search for a new manager after Gary Cardle left the club. Aitchison said it would be inappropriate to discuss Cardle's departure but said "it was his own personal decision"