Ashington to lodge appeal with FA after being thrown out of cup

Ashington FC chairman Ian Lavery.
Ashington FC chairman Ian Lavery.

Ashington are to appeal to the FA after they were thrown out of the Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup for playing an ineligible player.

The Colliers secured their place in the final of the competition with a 3-1 semi-final win over Newton Aycliffe last week.

But after the game it was discovered one of their players was not registered within the competition’s required 14-day limit.

The Woodhorn Lane club were dealt their fate at a Northern League management committee meeting on Thursday night.

But after the ruling, the club announced it would be appealing to the FA against the decision.

Ahead of the management committee meeting, Ashington chairman Ian Lavery had said the club accepted an error had occurred but there were mitigating circumstances.

“We took that semi-final on Tuesday night in the spirit of the wonderful game and we didn’t do anything intentionally wrong,” Mr Lavery said before the hearing.

A statement from the Northern league read: “Ashington have been removed from the Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup competition after accepting that they played an ineligible player in the semi-final against Newton Aycliffe.”

Subject to the outcome of the Colliers’ appeal, the final will now be between Shildon and Newton Aycliffe at Bishop Auckland’s Heritage Park on Tuesday, May 5, at 7pm.