Talbot have retrospectively been dumped out the South Challenge Cup after fielding an ineligible player, the club have said.

The Auchinleck side defeated Lowland League side, East Kilbride at Beechwood Park on March 4.

However, they have been advised that on-loan Clyde goalkeeper Josh Bradley-Hurst, who played in the match, was cup-tied.

Ironically, Bradley-Hurst was signed on emergency loan as fellow new signing Marc Fisher was cup-tied having played for Troon in an earlier round.

Talbot have now been made aware that Bradley-Hurst had played for Clydebank against Pollok in an earlier round, making him ineligible for Talbot's game against East Kilbride.

The club say they are disappointed by the news, but an appeal is being considered.

A spokesperson said: "ATFC is very disappointed to be advised that we have been disqualified from the SRCC Cup for fielding an ineligible player in the Round 5 Tie v East Kilbride FC.

"Joshua Bradley-Hurst was signed on an emergency goalkeeper loan.

"Following information provided to us via the normal required sources, the parent club and the competition organisers/secretary, we believed that the player was eligible for the SRCC game v East Kilbride FC.

"Similar checks for eligibility had been made previously on recent signings, Ross Smith and Ryan Sinnamon and Marc Fisher who were ineligible for this competition. Therefore we fully trusted the information provided that Josh was eligible.

"On this occasion the club was not made aware that he played for Clydebank v Pollok in Round 2 of the SRCC Saturday 15 October 2022.

"This decision is open to appeal to the SFA and this is being considered by the club."