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Ludgvan get apology after Senior Cup no-show

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

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LUDGVAN were left without a match on Saturday when their opponents in the Cornwall Senior Cup, Foxhole Stars, were unable to raise a team.

It meant the Jolly's Cornwall Combination League side went through to the third round on a walkover.

Foxhole secretary Dave Bunt said: "On behalf of Foxhole Stars I would like to apologise to committee members and playing staff of Ludgvan for any inconvenience caused by this cancellation at such short notice."

Foxhole questioned the Cornwall FA's rules. The Carlsberg South West Peninsula League division one west side, who were short of players, were, due to CCFA rules, unable to call on reserves as they had already played in the Junior Cup or had yet to play a competitive game for the first-team.

Explaining the reasons for their failure to raise a side on the Cornwall Football Forum, Mr Bunt said: "Rule changes this season means Foxhole only have eight fit and eligible players for today's game.

"The whole of the second team are unavailable for selection, either because they have played in the Junior Cup or have yet to play a competitive game for the first team this season.

"If today was a league game we would have no problem fielding a full squad of players. It makes having a second team pointless when it comes to county cup games."

Cornwall FA chief executive Dawn Aberdeen issued a statement on Monday in an attempt to clarify the Cornwall Senior Cup rules in the light of internet comments and criticism.

She stated: "Cornwall FA listened very closely to its member clubs and leagues regarding the universally unpopular reinstatement regulations which affected both league and county cup competition rules where the interaction between junior and senior status players were concerned.

"League representatives worked with Cornwall FA to remove the reinstatement regulations and create new rules to protect the integrity of all league and county competitions.

"It was always acknowledged that with such large scale overhauling of rules they may not be perfect. All clubs were notified of rule changes prior to the AGM in June and those rule changes were passed at the AGM.

"All clubs were sent copies of competition rules and handbooks all containing the new rules were distributed to all clubs and leagues.

"Bullet point lists highlighting the changes were also sent out with individual fixture notifications at the beginning of each competition.

"We are aware that competition rule changes have caused some clubs difficulties this season and we are already working with league representatives who sit on the Council of Cornwall Football Association and the Rules Revision Committee to address any amendments necessary for the future.

"With all cup competitions well under way the rules as they stand will continue to be upheld for this present season to retain consistency for all clubs in past and future rounds."

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