BARNSTAPLE Town were dismayed at their failure to meet Evo-Stik League Southern ground requirements.
Work has been taking place at Mill Road in recent weeks to get it up to the right standard as Town looked to win back-to-back promotions.
New turnstiles, safety markings, cordoned-off grass banks and seating improvements had all been completed, but an FA ground-grading inspection on Monday deemed the overall seating not suitable.
Club chairman Jasmine Chesters (pictured) said: “We are very disappointed and dismayed that we failed a grading of Barnstaple Town Football Club on not having enough seats, although we had asked for guidance on the number we needed.
“We hope supporters from Barnstaple and the surrounding area carry on supporting the team who are playing exceptionally well and are again near the top of the league.”
The news will have come as a big blow to Barnstaple, who had worked tirelessly on and off the pitch to get the set-up fit for the Southern League.
Speaking after a 2-2 home draw with Shepton Mallet on Tuesday, manager Barry Yeo said: “The timing of it stinks – right before a game.
“But what are you going to do? Our job is to keep the players not worrying about that. We have got seven games left and hopefully we can win all seven and we will see where we go.
“I was here on Sunday with a few people trying to do little bits to help out – everyone is in it together. It is all about everyone trying to do the right things. We have tried to do those right things and what will be, will be.”
The club is awaiting the formal report and, based on the official findings, may appeal the decision.