St Albans boss Ian Allinson has been discussing FA Cup shambles after a ‘lost afternoon’, report the Herts Advertiser.

St Albans City are set to face Corinthian Casuals in the FA Cup at Clarence Park on Tuesday after original second qualifying round opponents Whyteleafe were kicked out of the tournament pending an appeal.

The frustrating situation came about after Saints opponents were charged by the FA for fielding a suspended player in an earlier round of the competition, which led to the postponement of the original tie scheduled for Saturday.

The Surrey-based side have appealed against the decision with Saints awaiting the outcome of Friday’s verdict. However it is widely expected the FA’s decision will be upheld – leaving the Casuals, who fell to Whyteleafe in the previous round, reinstated to face Ian Allinson’s men for a place in the third qualifying round.

Allinson said: “It’s frustrating. We had them watched. We’ve been working hard preparing for the game and then to have it cancelled is difficult.

“There were rumours flying around, but until it’s confirmed you can’t legislate for it.”

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