In a bizarre turn of events, and something of an anti-climax, Aylesbury United were awarded the Berks and Bucks Senior Trophy on Wednesday night after potential final opponents were both found guilty of fielding ineligible players.
Following the semi-finals, it was found that both Windsor FC and Flackwell Heath had played ineligible players, for which they were removed from the competition.
As a result, with no opponent to play, the Berks and Bucks FA decided to award the trophy to Aylesbury, on a date to be announced.
In an official statement on the Berks and Bucks FA website on Wednesdayn/ evening, the local authority said both clubs had admitted breaking the rules.b
The statement read: “Following the match it came to light that both clubs had possibly played ineligible players in the match. Each club were asked for their observations.
“Following the receipt of the requested letters from both clubs, both admitting that they had infringed Cup Rule 8B(ii), a meeting of the Berks & Bucks FA Cup Competitions Emergency Committee was convened.
“The Committee decided that both clubs had infringed Rule 8B(ii) on their own admission; and were both fined £100. It was further decided the Windsor FC and Flackwell Heath FC be removed from the Senior Trophy Competition for season 2012/2013. This decision is final and binding.
“With no opponents for the Senior Trophy Final, Aylesbury United FC will be awarded the Senior Trophy for season 2012/2013 at a date to be arranged.
“No further comment will be entered into on this decision.”
The Ducks made it to the second final of the season when they beat rivals Oxhey Jets 5-3 in a thrilling Premier Division Cup semi-final match on Tuesday night.
The Ducks last played in a final eight years ago in May, a Berks and Bucks Senior Cup defeat to Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park.