Linlithgow Rose don’t expect SFA sanctions

Linlithgow's Gary Thom in action at Wick. Picture: Brian Smith
Linlithgow's Gary Thom in action at Wick. Picture: Brian Smith
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Linlithgow Rose will avoid any sanctions from the SFA despite listing just three substitutes for their William Hill Scottish Cup third-round tie at Wick Academy on Wednesday past.

SFA rules state that clubs must have a minimum of five substitutes listed in their match-day squad for Scottish Cup ties, but the Evening News understands that Linlithgow will escape any action simply due to the logistics involved in player availability for a match which was postponed five times before it went ahead.

Rose were only able to list 12 fit first-team players as several regulars were unavailable due to work commitments, with replacement goalkeeper Michael McKinven, goalkeeping coach Billy McAdam and injured midfielder Alex King named on the bench.

The Super League outfit performed admirably and led 2-1 going into the final few minutes after goals from Colin Strickland and Kevin Kelbie, but lost a late equaliser to the Highland League side ensuring a replay which will take place this Tuesday (7.45pm kick-off) at Prestonfield. The winner will go on to host League One Forfar Athletic in the fourth round in January.

Rose secretary Jim Harkins is adamant the club won’t incur any sanctions as a result of only being able to name three substitutes and is confident of a four-figure crowd attending Tuesday night’s replay. He said: “There’s absolutely no danger of us getting expelled from the competition.

“We’re happy that we’ve got them back at Prestonfield and we’ll have a bigger group to pick from.

“There’s been a lot of interest from all over for this match with people looking for match programmes.”