Stanground Sports manager manager Kenny Venters described last Saturday’s Chroma Sports League Shield tie at Oundle Reserves as ‘the most surreal game of his career’.
And Venters has been around the local scene for several decades!
Stanground were 3-0 down at half-time and yet forced a 5-5 draw after 90 minutes before winning 5-4 on penalties.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Venters admitted. “It was the most surreal game I’ve ever attended.
“As bad as we were in the first-half, we were brilliant in the second-half.
“We always have great games against Oundle though. They are a great bunch of lads and they beat us on penalties in a different cup earlier in the season so it was nice to win this one.”
Chris Challis (2), Aaron Dumore, Dean Giglio and Jack Minchella scored the goals for a city side who still have a chance of promotion in Peterborough League Division Four. They have games in hand on all the teams above them.
There was another cup thriller in the Chroma Sport Intermediate Shield as ICA Sports A were beaten by Spalding Town on penalties following a 2-2 draw.
It was something of a shock as ICA are the only unbeaten team in six divisions of the Peterborough League. They are second in Division Two, while Spalding are promotion favourites in Division Three.
Ricky Brown and Jonathan Griggs scored the ICA goals, but the city side didn’t register a single penalty success in the shoot-out which was lost 3-0.