BREAKING: Melton Town and Ingles ordered to replay FA Vase tie

Josh Hill (left) and Sam Thorpe celebrate with Reeve EMN-180309-122735002
Josh Hill (left) and Sam Thorpe celebrate with Reeve EMN-180309-122735002
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Melton Town have been ordered to replay their FA Vase tie with Ingles FC after their shoot-out win was ruled invalid.

Town won Saturday’s tie 6-5 on penalties at Signright Park and were looking ahead to a second qualifying round match with Rugby Town a week on Saturday.

But on Tuesday the Football Association ordered a replay after a mix-up over how the game should be decided in the event of a draw after extra time.

On entering the national knockout competition, both teams are believed to have originally requested a replay if their ties were deadlocked.

The referee ruled on the day that the match should instead go to penalties, but the FA now say the tie must be decided in line with their original requests.

Town chairman Sam Ellis said: “The referee, on the day, informed both teams it should be penalties and both teams objected, but shook hands on the decision.

“Although Melton won, the FA have reversed the decision.

“We, as a club, accept this decision as it is an FA ruling, but have requested the tie be played next Wednesday rather than this Thursday to give us time to organise a coach and inform supporters.”

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