Costessey given a league cup lifeline after the Grove are expelled

Milton LindsayCostessey Sports have been handed a Pink Un League Cup lifeline after the Grove were found to have broken the rules by fielding a player registered with another Evening News Norwich Sunday League club during their quarter-final clash.Milton Lindsay

Costessey Sports have been handed a Pink Un League Cup lifeline after the Grove were found to have broken the rules by fielding a player registered with another Evening News Norwich Sunday League club during their quarter-final clash.

The Grove won the game 4-3 but league checks revealed that they had fielded a player who was still registered with Division 4b outfit Mill House at the time. Grove have been expelled from the competition and Costessey Sports will travel to Wymondham Rangers in the April 19 semi-final. 'We are not saying they did it deliberately but the fact is Grove played a player registered with another club. It's unfortunate but rules are rules,' said league secretary Alan Williams.

t The Dog House's chances of a first-ever Norwich Sunday League Premier Division title receded further when they dropped two more points in a 3-3 draw with progressive Norman Wanderers.


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Meanwhile Marlborough bounced back from their surprise Pink Un League Cup quarter-final exit at the hands of Wymondham Rangers by strengthening their claims for a fourth consecutive top flight title as they swept aside Salhouse Rovers 7-1. Marlborough are two points behind Dog House with two games in hand. And they go into this Sunday's eagerly-awaited Norfolk Sunday Senior Cup final against Yarmouth outfit El Sol at Carrow Road (11am) in buoyant mood.

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t Dereham Wanderers and Yarmouth outfit Windmill must try again after their Norfolk Sunday Junior Cup final at Dereham FC's Aldiss Park ground was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch. The game has been rearranged for Sunday, May 3, at the same venue.

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