Ian Baird’s Spitfires have been reinstated in the Hampshire Senior Cup after being knocked out of the competition one and a half months ago by n’Power League two side Aldershot Town 4-1 at The Recreational Ground.
A press release was issued on the fans forum earlier tonight.
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Aldershot Town FC beat Farnborough FC 2-1 on 14 November 2011 in the third round of the Hampshire FA Saturday Senior Cup Sponsored by BSA Regal and, following an official protest received from Farnborough FC the following day, they were charged with playing an ineligible player. It was also brought to our attention that they had played an ineligible player in the previous round against Eastleigh FC. Aldershot Town admitted the charge and the decision of the Hampshire FA Cup Committee was to remove them from the competition.
Farnborough FC were charged with playing ineligible players in the second round of the competition against Fleet Town. They pleaded guilty to the charge and the decision of the Hampshire FA Cup Committee was to remove them from the competition.
Due to both teams playing ineligible players in Round 2 of the competition, the Hampshire FA Cup Committee have re-instated both Eastleigh FC and Fleet Town FC who will now play each other in round three of the competition. The tie is due to be played on Tuesday 20 December 2011 at Eastleigh FC.
This means The Spitfires are in the last sixteen of the cup and it is not the first time this has happened in the Hampshire Senior Cup for Eastleigh.
In the 2008/2009 season Eastleigh were knocked out of the Hampshire Senior Cup to Andover 1-2 in the quarter final however Andover was eventually ruled out of the competition for having an administration error at the ground.
The Spitfires then faced Fleet Town (who they face in the next round this time round) at Calthorpe Park in the semi final where they lost 2-0.