Hadleigh United set to receive walkover in FA Vase

The FA Vase
The FA Vase

Thurlow Nunn League leaders Hadleigh United are set to make it through to the last 16 of the FA Vase without having to kick a ball.

It comes after a hearing conducted by the Football Association (FA) decided to expel both Moneyfields and Bitton AFC for a brawl which broke out in their abandoned third round tie on December 7.

Hadleigh had been due to travel to the winners of the tie, either to Portsmouth or Bristol, in the fourth round.

An FA spokesman told the Free Press Hadleigh will get a walkover into the next round, pending the two club’s rights to appeal, which has to be lodged by 1pm on Friday (10th).

He said this was the reason for no information currently being released from the FA, including on their website.

“As things stand, Hadleigh do have a walkover into the next round but Moneyfields or (AFC) Bitton can appeal up until 1pm tomorrow,” he said.

He added it had been decided expulsion from the competition for both sides was deemed punishment enough, without having to fine either of them.