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Story posted: Monday, 9th April 1990

Plug pulled on Rovers
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Gresley Rovers have been thrown out of the Evans Halshaw Floodlit Cup competition.
In an about face by the competition’s management committee Rovers, who were originally fined £100 for failing to raise a side for a game at Eastwood, were informed on Saturday morning of their expulsion.

Club secretary Peter Jenkinson said: “They had an executive meeting on Wednesday and it was decided that Gresley would be fined £100 and the points awarded to Eastwood. After Matlock had beaten Alfreton 3-1 on Thursday I rang the organiser of the competition and was told that Matlock had qualified for the semi-finals on goal difference. I told him he was wrong and that Gresley had a better goal difference.

“Obviously he rang Matlock and told them they weren’t going to Spalding in the semi-final.

“At 10.35 on Saturday morning I had a phone call to say they had had another meeting following my phone call complaining at the severity of the fine. They had taken advice from the Notts and Derbys FA s and decided to reduce the fine to £50 and expel us from the competition.”

Rovers’ committee is to discuss the decision but Jenkinson said: “We’ve got to accept their ruling – there’s nothing else we can do about it.”

Rovers abandon their 4-4-2 formation and go back on the attack at Chasetown tonight (7.30pm).

Rovers will be attempting to pick up the pieces after Saturday’s 2-1 home humiliation by Wolverhampton Casuals.

And manager Frank Northwood has hinted that a new face may appear in the ranks, with a pre-match announcement awaited.

Trace Norton treks back from Exeter to boost Rovers’ flagging title challenge, midfielder Tommy Thompson stepping down.
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