EVESHAM United’s punishment for fielding ineligible players in a number of fixtures includes being booted out of the Southern League Cup.

The Southern League today (Tuesday) released a statement confirming no points would be deducted over the failure to re-register Brad Maslen-Jones and Kai Tonge after they had signed contracts, as published by the club yesterday.

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However, Maslen-Jones and Tonge featured as Evesham progressed past Daventry Town in the League Cup last month, prompting an expulsion.

Daventry now get reinstated to the competition and have already been given a date – Tuesday, October 22 – to host Halesowen Town in the first round.

Lee Chilton had rescued a 1-1 draw two minutes from the end of the 90 before a 4-2 penalty shootout win that marked United’s first success in the competition for more than a decade.

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The Southern League statement read: “Evesham United FC (was) recently charged with fielding ineligible players in league matches and a League Cup tie.

“Bradley Maslen-Jones and Kai Tonge had been registered prior to the start of the playing season as non-contract players.

“The club had registered both as contract players with the FA which was approved on August 7 but the players had not been re-registered as contract players with the league which is a requirement of standardised rules.

“In the case of league matches, this involved six matches in which the club amassed a total of 11 points.

“Following correspondence received from the club, the matter was considered by the league's emergency committee. The decision was that the case was proven. The club was fined but since the matter related to a player-status issue no points were deducted.

“In the case of the League Challenge Cup Preliminary Round tie against Daventry Town, following correspondence received from the club the matter was considered by the league's emergency committee.

“The decision was that the case was proven. The club was fined and expelled from the competition.

"The (Southern) League Challenge Cup rules clearly state that if a player is deemed ineligible then the club will be expelled from the competition.”

Evesham head to Cinderford Town in Southern League Division One South tonight (7.45) with an extra option available to boss Carl Abbott. 

Defender or midfielder Harry Franklin has signed from Redditch United and "will be in the squad" for the trip to the Causeway Ground.