Whittlesey Athletic manager Andy Lodge admits his side dodged a bullet in ‘the worst playing conditions’ he’d ever experienced last weekend.
The holders of the PFA Senior Cup came within a minute of losing their first round tie at Peterborough Premier Division rivals Uppingham before coming from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 and force a penalty shoot-out that they won 5-4.
“We played on a terrible pitch in the middle of nowhere,” Lodge stated. “And it was dark, cold and windy. Fair play to the lads for getting there in the end. but it wasn’t pretty.”
A Liam Harrold strike in the 90th minute earned Whittlesey a 2-2 draw after Jack Bates had pulled a goal back.
Goalkeeper Lewis Moat, not for the first time, then became the Whittlesey hero by scoring and saving a penalty in the shoot-out.