Local football: Two clubs booted out of Sunday Cup

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TWO clubs, including the 2011 winners, have been thrown out of the prestigious Sheffield and Hallamshire FA Sunday Senior Cup after their tie was abandoned.

Sheffield Imperial Sunday League side Punchbowl and past winners AFP, from Rotherham, are the two clubs involved after incidents which followed a sending off and then when some home supporters came onto the pitch and two were allegedly assaulted with the police then being called.

In the first half of the game, played at Arbourthorne, AFP’s Craig Haythorne was sent off. He then allegedly head-butted an opposition player.

At this point, some Punchbowl supporters went on the pitch and approached Haythorne and there was a melee and, as a result, the police were called and the game was subsequently abandoned.

Both clubs were summoned to a County FA hearing and they were expelled from the competition.

AFP appealed to the Football Association against that ruling on the understanding that the game would not have been abandoned had not home supporters come on the pitch but the decision stood.

AFP, top Rotherham Sunday League side, won the Sunday Senior Cup in 2011 after being runners-up the previous year. Gleadless-based Punchbowl play in the Premier Division of the Imperial Sunday League.

The draw for the quarter-finals (the final is usually staged at Bramall Lane) has been made and definite ties are a meeting of Meadowhall Sunday League sides Royal Earl and Arbourthorne EA and last year’s runners-up Swinton WMC at home to Joker.

Elsewhere, holders Athersley Rec or Rotherham’s JSS Pot will entertain Hackenthorpe and Woodman Inn, Swinton are at home to either Lundwood or Handsworth Turf Tavern.