Newlands reinstated after Thornaby are booted out of Challenge Cup

Thornaby fielded ineligible keeper Patrick Pisani (above), in their 1-0 win over Newlands last week
Thornaby fielded ineligible keeper Patrick Pisani (above), in their 1-0 win over Newlands last week

Scarborough News Sunday League club Newlands Park have been reinstated into the North Riding County FA Sunday Challenge Cup after their appeal against Thornaby was upheld.

Newlands secretary Hugh Brown made an official complaint to the North Riding after it emerged their opponents had fielded ineligible goalkeeper Patrick Pisani for their quarter-final clash last weekend, which Thornaby won 1-0.

Thornaby had named Danny Brandham as their number one on their teamsheet for the clash, as well as having a number of other irregularities on their sheet handed to referee Sam Hardaker.

A North Riding letter to Newlands read: “Following investigation, it has been proved that this was the case with the goalkeeper, Patrick Pisani.

“The competitions committee has, therefore, upheld your appeal and eliminated Thornaby Village FC from the Competition. Newlands Park (Sunday) FC will now progress to the semi-final of the competition where they will play at home to West Two FC of Redcar on Sunday March 1 2015.”

A delighted Brown said: “It was never in doubt given the evidence we presented to the North Riding County FA. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get into the final for us now.

“Big thanks to Steve Lilly for sending us pictures of their goalkeeper too.”

West Two have received two byes on their way to the semi-finals, beating JFC 1-0 in the first round and Scarborough News division two outfit West Riding 2-0 in their other two cup clashes.