Illawarra Stingrays coach Brett Wallin believes his squad has been "robbed of a fair contest" in the NSW Women's Premier League title race.
After giving themselves every chance of claiming the crown with a 5-0 win over Northbridge on Sunday, the Stingrays were left clinging to the top as second-placed Marconi Stallions still had a game up their sleeve.
The Stallions' deferred game against Sydney University is to be played tomorrow night, the scheduling providing the opportunity to take the Premier League regular season trophy.
Under usual circumstances all final round games are played at the same time so all clubs have an equal standing.
But with University already qualified for the finals and unable to move higher up the ladder, Wallin fears tomorrow's match won't be on a level playing field.
"For me it is an absolute disgrace that they could be playing a game outside the competition," Wallin said.
"We had to play Sydney University twice, both times in circumstances where both teams were desperate to win.
"Marconi have played them once under those circumstances, but now they are going to play them under circumstances where Sydney University have nothing to gain out of the game.
"If University lose the game I think there is always going to be a shadow over whether it is fair dinkum or not."
University officials declined to comment, as they prepare for a knockout semi-final clash against North West Sydney Koalas, just days after the mid-week Marconi tussle.
A win in tomorrow's clash at Wilson Park would hand the star-studded Stallions the regular season crown.
"[Are] University going to play their strongest team? Will players be rested?" Wallin said. "Sydney University, due to the fact that results went their way on the weekend, have now made fifth spot. For them it is a non-event."
Marconi and University played the first of two deferred fixtures last week, in a game the Students prevailed 2-0.
Inclement weather and representative commitments forced the teams to reschedule both matches - a process Wallin feels should have been done differently, with both games played in the one week.