In the non-league pyramid, money is scarce as teams precariously balance the books in order to survive.
This led to a scenario in the Durham Challenge Cup on Saturday, where Billingham Town turned up to their fixture with Stockton Town with just seven men, after members of their squad had refused to play.
The crucial number here was seven, as it is the minimum amount of players that a team has to field without facing a fine for cancelling the game, a sum that most of the non-league teams simply don't have the budget to face.
Furthermore, it would most likely have seen them kicked out of next year's tournament, which is a crucial fund raiser for the team.
To make matters worse for the side, two of the players that they fielded were injured and one was forced to go in goal, meaning there should be no real surprise at the 14-0 thrashing that the side received.
To add even more insult to injury, the team were managerless for the fixture, as following a defeat to Guisborough Town, Paul Burton resigned, with new manager Wilf Constantine not able to take over the reigns until next weekend.
The team have made an abysmal start to the season, losing 16 of their 17 games so far this campaign. A goal difference of -53 leaves them second bottom of the table and with a mountain to climb already, in order to stay in the Northern Football League Division One (four leagues below the conference).
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