Harrow Borough have completed their great escape from relegation – but they may have to wait until the start of next season to play their Middlesex Charity Cup final.
Marc Charles-Smith scored the only goal of the game at Leatherhead on Saturday to secure Boro's Ryman Premier status, which for most of the season has looked in peril.
However, their cup final, in which Harrow were due to play Enfield Town next Monday (May 4), has been postponed by the Middlesex County FA.
A statement read: “The reason for taking this decision is that there are ongoing issues concerning the eligibility (or otherwise) of Aryan Tajbakhsh, who accrued 10 cautions prior to joining Enfield Town and who played for Enfield in their quarter-final at Ashford Town (Middlesex) when it would seem that he should have been serving a suspension.
“While there is no suggestion that Enfield Town sought to gain an unfair advantage by selecting Mr Tajbakhsh, there may have been a technical breach of Cup Rule 11u, which requires investigation.
“At present, the Middlesex FA is not party to the full facts of the case, which is being dealt with by the FA. It is therefore not appropriate to make any decisions as to whether or not the Adult Cups Sub Committee can or should take any action in respect of Mr Tajbakhsh’s participation in the quarter-final until such time as the processes already started by the FA have been completed.
“The Adult Cups Sub Committee will review the findings of the FA and Isthmian League before making any further decisions in respect of this season’s Charity Cup. We will then work with participant clubs to arrange the playing of the final at the beginning of the 2015-16 season.
“The Association remains committed to the integrity of all its competitions and acknowledges that, while this decision is an unusual one, it would be wrong to allow a showpiece event to take place under these circumstances.”
If Enfield lose their case, Harrow would most likely play a rearranged final against whoever wins a new semi-final between Ashford Town and Cockfosters, both of whom Enfield knocked out.
By which time, Harrow will just be thankful to be playing Ryman Premier football once more, after dwelling in the drop zone for much of this season.
But Steve Baker's arrival as manager in January saw them win nine of their last 15 league games to eventually finish 16, five points clear of the danger zone.
Harrow do, however, have another somewhat more straightforward chance of lifting a county cup when they take on Hanwell Town in the Middlesex Senior Cup final on Saturday week (May 9) at Hampton & Richmond Brough FC.