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John Stimpson Memorial Shield Final postponed

1 year ago By Jeremy Fox

Friday's night John Stimpson Memorial Shield Final has been cancelled after both semi-finalists were found to have fielded ineligible players.

Gosport Borough's Development Squad must wait on the outcome of a Wyvern League investigation after their scheduled opponents in Friday night's match, Salisbury FC, admitted playing three ineligible players in their semi-final against Sholing.

But in a surprising twist to the story, Sholing were found to have committed the same offence in their defeat to the Wiltshire club in the semi-final - leaving the Wyvern League little choice to call the game off pending an investigation.

The outcome of the investigation is keenly awaited by officials at Gosport Borough and one possibility is that Jay Keating's team will be awarded the Trophy by default - thus completing a league and cup double. However this is not yet certain.

Another possibility is that one of the losing quarter-finalists, Totton & Eling or Dorchester Town may be reinstated but this outcome is unlikely and it will be down to the League officials to decide what action to take.

With the final at Hamble Club now postponed, the club are trying to hastily organise a Celebration Evening at the Aerial Direct Stadium in which the Development Squad could face the Academy Squad in an exhibition match.

This is yet to be confirmed but the evening would also include the Development Squad being awarded the Wyvern Midweek Division Championship trophy they won at Salisbury last Thursday. They would also be presented with their medals.

The achievements of the Gosport Borough Ladies would also be celebrated with Georgie Hoban and Julie Way's girls winning the Hampshire Ladies League Division Two Championship and the Hampshire Women's Intermediate Cup double. The Ladies team it is hoped, will also be in attendance.

GBFC HQ will announce full details of this event as and when confirmed.

Updated 07:40 - 10 May 2017 by Site Manager

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