Corinthian-Casuals were handed a second chance at FA Cup glory this week after being re-instated into the competition.

Casuals take the place of Whyteleafe who defeated James Bracken’s side in the last round with a last-minute winner two weeks ago. However, the Croydon-outfit have been kicked out of the competition for fielding an ineligible player in an earlier round.

Casuals’ continued involvement will be subject to Whyteleafe’s appeal, who described the FA’s ruling as “totally unjustified”. Should the charge be upheld, Corinthian-Casuals will take their place in the 2nd Qualifying Round and receive the £6,000 prize money originally awarded to Leafe.

Whyteleafe issued a statement which said the following:

“The disciplinary hearing at the FA reached the decision that Whyteleafe FC played Adekunle Odutolu illegally in the FA Cup match on 4th September 2018 and in the league match against Guernsey in the first league match of the season.  The Club were found guilty of this charge, despite the evidence which clearly stated the player was checked under the name Adekunle Odutolu and not under the previously unknown name of Taiwo Odutolu which he had obtained the suspension from.

“The FA Cup 2RQ match against St Albans has been cancelled and Whyteleafe has been removed from the competition.  Any deduction of points from the Bostik South East division will be decided upon by the Bostik League.”

The outcome of the appeal is expected to be known this coming week. Casuals are back in action on Saturday hosting Enfield Town at the earlier time of 2pm.