League cup final dates now published
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We are pleased to confirm that a deal has been agreed with Billericay Town FC and Dagenham & Redbridge FC to host this season's Essex Alliance League league cup finals, getting underway at the end of April, with most fixtures taking place on Saturdays this year.
With Leyton Orient beginning pitch refurbishment immediately following the conclusion of the football league season, it was necessary to find a suitably grand alternative and we thank Billericay Town for putting forward New Lodge to host some of our matches, including a big Fenton double-header.
The confirmed dates for the finals are as follows:
SAT 29 APR - Div 1 Cup Final (Billericay Town FC, 2pm)
SAT 6 MAY - Div 2 Cup Final (Dagenham & Redbridge FC, 2pm)
SAT 6 MAY - Div 4 Cup Final (Dagenham & Redbridge FC, 6pm)
THU 18 MAY - Premier Division Cup Final (Dagenham & Redbridge, 7.45pm)
SAT 20 MAY - Div 3 Cup Final (Dagenham & Redbridge FC, 2pm)
SAT 20 MAY - Senior Division Cup Final (Dagenham & Redbridge FC, 6pm)
SAT 27 MAY - Fenton Trophy Final (Billericay Town FC, 1pm)
SAT 27 MAY - Fenton Cup Final (Billericay Town FC, 5pm)
We are also pleased to confirm the date for this season's first ever Premier Division play-off final to decide the destination of the silverware at that tier:
MON 29 MAY (Bank Holiday) - Premier Division Play-Off (Lakeside Sports Ground, 2pm)
Dates for semi-finals of most competitions are now pencilled in. Semi-finals are priority fixtures which means that teams should be prepared to switch grounds at short notice to the away team's ground, should that be necessary due to bad weather or even to a neutral venue.
Semi-finalists should also be aware of the additional restriction on player eligibility which comes into force as detailed below:
"No player shall be eligible to play in the Semi-Final or Final unless he has been registered for the club and eligible to compete at the Quarter-Final stage of the competition, except by permission of the Management Committee."
No newly registered players will therefore be able to compete in semi-final or final ties. Any queries should be raised with the league BEFORE the fixtures take place.
Where assistants are appointed for semi-finals, the additional cost is shared i.e. the away team still pays the full referee fee, with each club paying for one assistant each.