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Daish accepts Appiah ruling

PUBLISHED: 12:29 17 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:20 23 August 2010

EBBSFLEET manager Liam Daish has drawn a line under the Kwesi Appiah transfer saga, but called on Conference clubs to be treated the same as their league counterparts. The Stonebridge Road club had complained that the League One outfit should be punishe

EBBSFLEET manager Liam Daish has drawn a line under the Kwesi Appiah transfer saga, but called on Conference clubs to be treated the same as their league counterparts.

The Stonebridge Road club had complained that the League One outfit should be punished for making an illegal approach for the 18-year-old in October, but an FA Commission decided this week no further action would be taken.

At the moment, although statutory compensation packages are already in place higher up the football pyramid, they do not apply to non-league clubs, where players who are not under contract - such as Appiah - can leave for nothing.

Although they were unsuccessful in their claims, Daish (right) told the Reporter he had no regrets about following up the grievance.

"I was down there on Monday at the FA and I wouldn't have done it any other way. Unfortunately though, sometimes it can go against you," Daish said. "We have moved on now and we wish Kwesi all the best. But the problem is that, in many ways, we are treated the same as clubs in the leagues but, in other respects, we are not.

"We have to adhere by the same regulations and, if that is the case, everyone must be treated the same all the time."

Ebbsfleet, who were playing their rescheduled FA Trophy tie against Bognor Regis as the Reporter went to press, visit York this Saturday.

Their opponents have failed to win in their last 10 attempts, but Daish insists he isn't worried about a backlash and will be looking for an improved showing from his own XI.

"You can't worry too much about what the other teams or doing or how much they need a win," he said. "How your confidence is should be the major concern. Of course, we have to be wary of how they are going to stand up, but if we get 11 performances, it gives us a better chance."

The festive period is going to be a busy one for Fleet with the prospect of six games in 18 days. With more fringe players likely to see first-team action, Daish is hopeful the criticisms he made of his squad following a disappointing performance against Cambridge have sunk in.

"We changed things round a bit and we got a positive response and I am sure the players have taken things on," he said.

"We had a poor result against Forest Green last Tuesday but, from the performance, I feel we can draw some confidence.

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