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Lights go out on Gregory hopes.

HAVANT & WATERLOOVILLE'S hopes of playing suspended full-back Justin Gregory in their glamour FA Cup tie at Liverpool on Saturday are over after a strange twist of fate last night.

Gregory had initially been ruled out of the fourth round clash at Anfield after accruing five yellow cards.

But the Football Association intervened and, by deeming the moving of the Thurrock game a deliberate attempt by the club to manipulate the fixture list, ruled that Gregory's suspension must stand for the Liverpool match.

But the Football Association intervened and, by deeming the moving of the Thurrock game a deliberate attempt by the club to manipulate the fixture list, ruled that Gregory's suspension must stand for the Liverpool match.Havant & Waterlooville responded by bringing in a QC to examine whether that ruling contravened regulations - but their efforts became academic after floodlight failure forced the abandonment of the Thurrock match.

Havant & Waterlooville responded by bringing in a QC to examine whether that ruling contravened regulations - but their efforts became academic after floodlight failure forced the abandonment of the Thurrock match.

A light went out after 19 minutes at Thurrock's Ship Lane ground and, although play eventually restarted, a second failure forced the referee to call off the match.

A light went out after 19 minutes at Thurrock's Ship Lane ground and, although play eventually restarted, a second failure forced the referee to call off the match.

Gregory said: "I'm devastated.

It was obviously fate that I wasn't going to play at Anfield. Unfortunately, the dream has ended there."
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 24, 2008
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