Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Disappointment for Tilbury over FA Cup replay

TILBURY FC will get the chance to play St Neots Town at home again in the FA Cup after the FA ruled that the Southern League side had breached its rules but not sufficiently to be thrown out of the competition.

The two sides drew 1-1 at Chadfields and were due to replay at St Neots but on Monday that game was suspended pending an FA investigation into an alleged issue regarding one of the St Neots players.

On Thursday, the FA issued the following statement:“The FA Cup Committee considered submissions made by St Neots Town FC in relation to a charge for the breach of FA Cup Rule 15(h) for playing an ineligible player in the First Round Qualifying against Tilbury FC on Saturday 12 September 2015.

“Whilst it was acknowledged that the competition rules had been breached, the committee were satisfied with the explanation and evidence provided within the submissions from St Neots Town and decided, by exercising its discretionary power in accordance with FA Cup Rule 16(c), not to remove St Neots Town FC from the competition and ordered the tie to be replayed to a conclusion at Tilbury FC on Tuesday 22 September 2015.

“Furthermore, it was decided that gate receipts from the tie ordered to be replayed shall be retained by Tilbury FC with St Neots Town FC also responsible for their own travel costs.”

A spokesperson for Tilbury FC said: "Tilbury are disappointed with the decision as an FA Cup rule had been breached but will respect the FAs decision on this matter.


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