FOOTBALL: Spot-kick heartache for city sides, Whittlesey wonders on fire

Peterborough Sports Reserves goalscorer Gary Gibbs in action against Holbeach Reserves. Photo: David Lowndes.
Peterborough Sports Reserves goalscorer Gary Gibbs in action against Holbeach Reserves. Photo: David Lowndes.
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Peterborough Sports Reserves and AFC Stanground were both knocked out of the PFA Senior Cup on penalties on Saturday (October 31).

Sports were beaten 4-2 on spot-kicks after a 3-3 draw with Holbeach United Reserves at PSL, while Stanground went down 5-4 in their shoot-out against bang in-form Pinchbeck United following a 2-2 draw.

Action from Peterborough Sports Reserves (blue) and Holbeach Reserves in the PFA Senior Cup. Photo: David Lowndes.

Action from Peterborough Sports Reserves (blue) and Holbeach Reserves in the PFA Senior Cup. Photo: David Lowndes.

Sports, who are second in the Peterborough Premier Division, against third-placed Holbeach was always likely to be the tie of the round and so it proved.

The Tigers were 2-0 ahead early on following a couple of defensive errors, but goals from Adam Richardson and Gary Gibbs saw Sports level by half-time. Gibbs’ goal was a screamer and the chip by Chris Brown that put the home side ahead early in the second-half was also a high-class efoort.

But Dean Elston quickly equalised for Holbeach and there were no further goals sending the tie to penalties (there is no extra time in PFA Cup competitions).

Unfortunately for Sports Richardson, Craig Hill and Dan Fountain all missed from the spot to send Holbeach through.

Liam Whaley was the man to miss a penalty in Stanground’s defeat at home to Pinchbeck. Stanground goals from Tom Staggs and Trey West were cancelled out by Liam Ogden and Dan Woods in 90 minutes. The city side had the consolation of becoming the first team since September 9 to score a goal against a Pinchbeck side now unbeaten in their last 10 matches.

Moulton Harrox, Uppingham Town and Ketton also won their first round ties at the weekend. Joe Townsend scored twice as Premier Division leaders Harrox won 4-2 at Sawtry.

Ketton smashed eight past struggling Crowland with William Bird and Lewis Morley both scoring twice.

In the Premier Division Netherton United and Whittlesey Athletic both won to close the gap on the top three.

Captain Steve Mastin bagged a hat-trick for Netherton whose 6-1 win at Langtoft was completed by goals from Tom Flatters (2) and Scott Taylor.

“We would have won by a bigger margin, but for the Langtoft goalkeeper,” Netherton manager Jon Harrison said. “It was a great away performance.”

Whittlesey, the PFA Cup holders, have now won eight top-flight games in a row after crushing Riverside 9-1. Liam Harrold (3), Jack Bates, evergreen Kevin Gilbert, top scorer Matt Heron, Rikki Wilmer and Jacob Smith scored for the pre-season title favourites, Riverside also contributed an own goal.

ICA Sports scrambled to a 1-0 win at lowly Leverington Sports thanks to Andy Wayte’s strike.

There have been some point deductions at the bottom end of the table. Uppingham are now bottom after losing three points and Crowland are next to bottom having been deducted one point

RESULTS


CHROMASPORTS & TROPHIES PETERBOROUGH LEAGUE

Premier Division

Langtoft United 1 (Colangelo)

Netherton United 6 (Mastin 3, Flatters 2, Taylor)

Leverington Sports 0

ICA Sports 1 (Wayte)

Whittlesey Athletic 9 (Harrold 3, Bates, Gilbert, Heron, Smith, Wilmer, og).

Riverside 1

PFA Senior Cup

First round

AFC Stanground 2 (T. Staggs, West)

Pinchbeck United 2 (Ogden, Woods)

Pinchbeck won 5-4 on penalties)

Crowland Town 1 (Shamma)

Ketton 8 (Bird 2, Morley 2, Speechley, Brockbank, Holmes, Hood)

Deeping Rangers Reserves 1

Uppingham Town 3

Peterborough Sports Reserves 3 (G. Gibbs, Richardson, Brown)

Holbeach United Reserves 3

(Holbeach won 4-2 on penalties)

Sawtry 2

Moulton Harrox 4 (Townsend 2, Maltby, Bradbury)