Referee tutor Robert Windle dismissed three players from the same side in a stormy PFA Junior Cup quarter-final on Saturday (February 25).
Brotherhood Sports were the team to suffer as Windle, the main main for referee instruction in the area, despatched player-manager Chris Barnes, midfielder Gareth Jones and striker Michael Uff as they slipped to a 4-2 defeat Peterborough Division Three rivals at FC Peterborough.
Uff walked in the first half after collecting two yellow cards for dissent and he was followed after the break by Jones, who collected yellows for a foul and for dissent, and Barnes who was sent off for foul and abusive langauge.
Barnes was playing in goal only because his regular number one pulled out with injury.
“It was disappointing all-round,” Barnes admitted. “Referees have a tough job and this was a fast-paced game with quick players on both sides so it was tough for for Robert to keep up with play.
“The result could turn out to be a blessing though as we have 16 league games to fit into 10 weeks and that’s a more important competition for us.”
Brotherhood Sports actually scored twice with eight men with Colin Hopper’s 40-yard free kick the pick of the goals.
Sports play FC Peterborough again this Saturday (March 4) in a key league game. FC Peterborough are top of the table, 13 points clear of sixth-placed Sports who have six matches in hand.
Division Three rivals Oundle Town Reserves also made Junior Cup progress. They saw off Rutland DR from Division Four 2-0 thanks to goals from Nathan Butler and Brett Phillips.
Pinchbeck United made it through to the final of the President’s Shield after coming from behind to win their semi-final 2-1 at Ketton. Ollie Maltby and Tyler Wright scored the goals.
Netherton United host Moulton Harrox in the second semi-final on Saturday.
There was a contentious refereeing decision in the Premier Division as leaders Peterborough Sports extended their advantage to four points with a hard-fought 4-2 win at improving Thorney.
Thorney opened the scoring after 70 seconds through Sam Donohoe and were adamant they should have had a penalty for a handball on the goal-line soon afterwards. If spotted by referee Zed Bashir it would have led to a red card.
Sam Raynor made it 2-1 to Thorney in the second-half, but Sports applied relentless pressure to turn the game on its head. They won the game with two goals in the final three minutes. Sports’ scorers were Jack Barron (2), Andy Boome and Karl Gibbs.
ICA Sports continued their good form as Josh Smith scored twice in a 4-0 win at Sawtry. Conor Pridmore and Dave Kilby also scored for a team who have won six league games in a row.
Bottom club Uppingham won 2-1 at AFC Stanground Sports. They are now two points adrift of Crowland who were forced to call off their game at Moulton Harrox because of a player shortage.
Saturday, February 25
CHROMASPORT & TROPHIES PETERBOROUGH LEAGUE
AFC Stanground Sports 1 (Dean), Uppingham Town 2 (Howe, Perry)
Deeping Rangers Res 4 (Smitheringale, Evans, Cowles, Dello-Russo), Holbeach United Res 2
Leverington Sports 1 (Reed), Wisbech Town Res 1 (Hamilton).
Sawtry 0, ICA Sports 4 (Smith 2, Pridmore, Kilby).
Stilton United 1 (McKenna) Langtoft United 2 (Firth, Spearink).
Thorney 2 (Donohoe, Raynor), Peterborough Sports Res 4 (Barron 2, Boome, K. Gibbs).
Postponed: Moulton Harrox v Crowland (Crowland couldn’t raise a side).
ChromaSport President’s Shield
Ketton 1, Pinchbeck United 2 (Maltby, Wright).
PFA Challenge Cup
Crowland Town Res 4, Glinton & Northborough 2 (Ferrow, Richards)
Long Sutton Athletic 1, Oakham United Res 3 (Lee, Timms, Hudson)
Whittlesey Athletic Res 2 (Jones, Redhead), Ramsey Town 0
PFA Junior Cup
FC Peterborough 4, Brotherhood Sports 2 (Hopper, Sargeant).
Oundle Town Res 2 (Butler, Phillips), Rutland DR 0
PFA Minor Cup
British School of Sport 2, Holbeach United ‘A’ 2 (Beveridge, Webster).
(BSS won 5-4 on penalties).