06:00PM, Wednesday 16 May 2018
Flackwell Heath might still get the chance to lift the Supplementary Cup in pre-season, with Holyport and Oxford City Nomads having been reinstated to that competition.
Original finalists Burnham, and semi-finalists Highworth Town, were both eliminated from the competition having played ineligible players.
In the Blues case, Usman Lalustani played for both Flackwell in the Challenge Cup, and Burnham in the latter rounds of the Supplementary Cup. Blues boss Paul Shone admitted he and the club were unaware that the two competitions were linked, and called for greater clarity from the league.
It’s now expected that Port and Nomads will play off in July for the chance to meet the Heathens in the final, but Flackwell boss Marcus Richardson had hoped the final would be played in May and not in pre-season.
On Twitter he said: “Who is saying any of the teams will have the same players. No thought has gone into this. And, as usual, the players have lost out due to people not doing their job right.”
Brian King, from the Hellenic League, confirmed: “The rule breaches have been investigated. Awaiting a decision by league executives to draw matter to a close.
“A semi-final tie will be played in July, with the winners playing Flackwell Heath in the final.
“Semi-final will see Holyport v Oxford City Nomads. Date to be confirmed but it will be in July.”
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