Miners Rangers back in Cup after Dockers expelled

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LEIGH Miners Rangers have been reinstated in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup following the expulsion of Hull Dockers.

The Hull side along with Rochdale Mayfield were found guilty of fielding ineligible players in first round ties by an independent RFL Operational Rules Tribunal.

Both teams were found guilty of playing an unregistered player in their respective first round wins against Great Britain Police and Leigh Miners Rangers.

The Hull Dockers team that defeated Leigh Miners Rangers 10-6 on Saturday January featured Richard Lamplough, who was not registered to play for them in 2015.

In their 38-0 victory over the British Police on Sunday February 1, Rochdale Mayfield played Sean Mulcahy, who had been transferred to Littleborough at the end of last season and not re-registered as a Mayfield player for this season.

The Tribunal heard that both clubs had been given repeated opportunities by the RFL to confirm their squad lists prior to the fixtures being played.

Following the Tribunal decisions, Great Britain Police and Leigh Miners Rangers have been reinstated in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup. Great Britain Police will now play away at Widnes West Bank in the second round this weekend whilst Leigh Miners Rangers will be at home to Walney Central.

Any appeal(s) submitted by Hull Dockers and/or Rochdale Mayfield will be heard tonight (Wednesday).