Stoke City has withdrawn from the ladies’s FA Cup earlier than its second spherical match because of challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the FA stated on Tuesday.
Stoke, which performs within the third tier, was set to play Wem Town Ladies however is unable to play the match because of an absence of entry to amenities forward of the resumption of the competitors.
“The FA understands and has accepted their withdrawal from the competition,” the soccer governing physique stated in an announcement.
“As a result, Wem Town Ladies will receive a bye to the third round of the competition.”
Stoke’s 2020-21 league marketing campaign got here to an finish earlier this month when the FA curtailed the season for tiers three to 6 of the pyramid and declared the season incomplete due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As a end result, there was no promotion or relegation between the three tiers and no crew was promoted to the second division.