THE Sydenhams Premier Division title race may not be concluded until next Wednesday – four days after the season ends!
Leaders Moneyfields are two points clear of Portland ahead of Saturday's final fixtures.
But Moneys have appealed against a three-point deduction for fielding an ineligible player and the hearing is not until Wednesday.
Should the appeal be thrown out it could affect the title destination depending on how tomorrow's results pan out.
Moneyfields are at home to Newport IoW, while Portland entertain Bemerton.
John Gorman, the SWL competition secretary, admitted: “Until that hearing is heard, we can’t make any sort of arrangements to try and present the trophy.
“The last thing we want as a league is to give somebody something and have to take it back again.
“We can understand the position both clubs are in but, in slight fairness to the FA, the season is not supposed to end until April 30. We made a conscious decision that we would get our fixtures finished by April 23.
“We regret it as much as anybody but we can’t do anything about it.”
Reacting to the news, Portland boss Gary Bailey added: “I think the league are as frustrated as we are, to be honest.
“It’s not ideal but our focus has to be on trying to win the final game.
"At the end of the day, if we don’t manage to do that, it could all be immaterial anyway.
“I don’t want this to be a side bar that detracts us from trying to finish the job off.
“We will try our best to get our job done and then the powers that be will make the decision when they make it.”