The FA have announced that Bowers & Pitsea have been removed from the FA Trophy.

Their defeated First Qualifying Round opponents Egham Town will travel to the Kent coast to face Margate this weekend in the Second Qualifying Round, just as other clubs kick off in the Third Qualifier.

The FA charged Bowers with fielding a suspended player, Jamie Dicks, in their mammoth replay at Runnymede, a tie which they eventually won 5-3 after extra-time, and have now dismissed the club’s appeal against their expulsion.

Dicks had recently signed from North Division rivals Romford, and Bowers appeal was based on claims that there were errors with the FA system which shows suspensions, but this explanation was rejected.

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