Spar­tans pull out of show­piece at short no­tice

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Football Www.kentonline.co.uk/sport -

Shep­way Spar­tans made the sur­prise de­ci­sion to with­draw from the league just 24 hours be­fore they were due to face Ken­ning­ton in the fi­nal of the Val Helen League Cup. Spar­tans, who joined the league in 2014 af­ter switch­ing from the Hythe & Folke­stone com­pe­ti­tion, an­nounced their de­ci­sion to fold the club on Satur­day af­ter­noon. The an­nounce­ment caused a se­ries of fran­tic phone calls by the league’s man­age­ment com­mit­tee, who ad­mit­ted they had never heard of a sit­u­a­tion when cup fi­nal­ists with­drew from a com­pe­ti­tion so close to the fi­nal tak­ing place. Beaten semi-fi­nal­ists and last sea­son’s run­ners-up Stan­hope & Beaver Rangers grate­fully ac­cepted the late in­vi­ta­tion to play in Sun­day’s cup fi­nal.

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