Whittlesey Athletic played with 10 men for 90 minutes, but still made progress in the Cambs Challenge Cup on Saturday (October 10).
The Peterborough Premier Division side lost midfielder Adam Moore to two yellow cards after just half-an-hour of their tie at Hardwick. It was 1-1 at the time and it was still level at 3-3 after 90 minutes and at the end of extra time before Whittlesey won the penalty shoot-out 5-4.
The win preserved the 100 per cent winning record of Whittlesey since manager Andy Lodge returned to take charge early in the season. Lodge said: “That was the gutsiest display I’ve seen from a Whittlesey side in my time at the club. Hardwick were a very good footballing side and I feared the worst when we lost Adam to what looked like two soft yellow cards.
“But we dug in and fought our way to penalties and we are always confident of winning a shoot out because we have big Lewis Moat in our goal.”
Moat wasn’t actually called upon as Hardwick’s one miss from the spot involved a blaze over the bar rather than a save.
Liam Harrold, who was Whittlesey boss for the first two games of the season, scored twice, one of them with an 18-yard header. Jacob Smith also scored.
Leverington bowed out of the same cup, 7-0 at home to West Wratting.
Moulton Harrox lost in the final of the Lincs Junior Cup last season, but they didn’t make it past the second round this time, going down 3-2 at Birchwood. Aris Placis and Joe Townsend scored for Harrox.
Pinchbeck won a all-Peterborough Premier Division battle at Langtoft United in a game that saw four players - two from each side - dismissed. Both sides insisted it was a hard-fought, rather than a dirty game. Tom Brooks and Jordan McCready saw red for Pinchbeck with Steven Slack and Lee Mills taking an early shower for Langtoft.
Extra-time goals from Bradley Murrell and Liam Ogden in extra-time for Pinchbeck to seal a 2-0 win.
Stamford Lions also bowed out on penalties at Pointon which was hard on Ryan Brown who scored a hat-trick in a 4-4 draw.
Baston, Sutton Bridge United and Tydd St Mary’s were Peterborough League sides to make progress in the Lincs Junior Cup.
Peterborough Sports Reserves took over top spot from Moulton Harrox in the Peterborough League Premier Division with a 3-2 win at city rivals Riverside. Gary Gibbs, Chris Brown and Lewis McManus scored for Sports.
AFC Stanground made it two wins in a row by winning another city derby at ICA Sports. Stanground won 4-0 through goals from Klodjan Memaj (2), Sam Cross and Martyn Fox to make it 12 goals in their last two matches.
Mark Baines netted the second-half equaliser for Stilton in a 1-1 home draw with Deeping Rangers Reserves, while Ketton and Sawtry won away at Crowland and Thorney respectively.
And there was just a second defeat of the season for Netherton United who lost 3-2 at Holbeach United Reserves. Dwayne Rankin and Steve Mastin scored for Netherton.
CHROMASPORTS & TROPHIES PETERBOROUGH LEAGUE
Crowland Town 0
Ketton 3 (Jones, Marsh, Speechley)
Holbeach United Reserves 3 (Gosling, Radeloff, Rose).
Netherton United 2 (Rankin, Mastin)
ICA Sports 0
AFC Stanground 4 (Memaj 2, Fox, Cross)
Riverside 2 (Gil Matos, og)
Peterborough Sports Reserves 3 (Brown, G, Gibbs, McManus)
Stilton United 1 (M. Baines)
Deeping Rangers Reserves 1
LINCS JUNIOR CUP
Moulton Harrox 2 (Placis, Townsend)
Langtoft United 0
Pinchbeck United 2 (B. Murrell, Ogden)
(After extra time, 0-0 after 90 minutes)
Long Sutton Athletic 3
Stamford Lions 4 (Brown 3, Raynor)
(Pointon won 3-1 on penalties)
Stamford Bels 3 (Cramp 2, L. Conneely)
Sutton Bridge United 3 (Partridge 2, Sutton)
Lincoln Railway 1
Tydd St Mary 3 (Piccaver, Lowe, Easey)
Billinghay Athletic 2
KRC Deeping 0
Fulbeck United 9
CAMBS CHALLENGE CUP
Whittlesey Athletic 3 (Harrold 2, Smith)
(Whittlesey won 5-4 on penalties, after extra-time, 3-3 after 90 minutes)
West Wratting 7