NON-LEAGUE: Yaxley Vase hopes are shattered by late drama

Action from Yaxley's FA Vase defeat at home to Sleaford. Photo: David Lowndes.
Action from Yaxley's FA Vase defeat at home to Sleaford. Photo: David Lowndes.
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Yaxley bowed out of the FA Vase in dramatic fashion at In2itive Park today (December 12).

The Cuckoos were trying to match last season’s club-record run into the fourth round and looked set fair to achieve it when top scorer Dan Cotton lined up a late penalty with his side already 1-0 ahead through Jon Stead’s strike.

Action from Yaxley's 4-3 home defeat to Sleaford in the FA Vase. Photo: David Lowndes.

Action from Yaxley's 4-3 home defeat to Sleaford in the FA Vase. Photo: David Lowndes.

But the reigning Peterborough Telegraph Player-of-the-Year struck the post from the spot and opponents Sleaford were soon down the other end of the pitch celebrating a 92nd minute equaliser. That spelled trouble for ‘The Cuckoos’ who were already down to 10 men after experienced substitute Wayne Morris had seen red for two cautionable tackles on his first appearance for several weeks.

And Sleaford, who had already beaten Yaxley twice in the United Counties Premier Division this season, made their extra man county by scoring three times in extra-time to coast into a 4-1 lead.

Yaxley kept fighting and rallied bravely, but goals from Cotton and Sam Spencer ultimately proved to be in vain. Instead Sleaford moved into the last 32 for the first time in their history.

Many United Counties League games were postponed, but Deeping Rangers became the latest team to fall victims to the unbeatable Kempston Rovers side. Second-placed Kempston have now won 13 and drawn six of their 19 Premier Division matches after a 2-1 success over Deeping.

Deeping winger Jason Kilbride was carried off with a broken leg in the first half and in the seven added minutes for that stoppage the home side took the lead. The home were 2-0 up just before the hour before central defender Luke Hunnings scored for the second game in a row to give Deeping some hope.

Huntingdon made it nine defeats in a row with a 5-0 home beating by Northampton Spencer. Huntingdon are six points adrift at the bottom with just six points, They fell behind after just two minutes in their latest defeat.

Bourne won at rock-bottom Burton Park Wanderers 2-0 to consolidate their mid-table position. Second-half goals from teenager Zak Munton and Craig Rook condemned the home side to a 17th defeat in 19 matches.

Spalding suffered a first defeat in Division One South of the Evo Stik League under the management of Marcus Ebdon, although it was at the home of runaway leaders Stafford Rangers. Two first-half goals sealed the points for Stafford who played the second-half with 10 men following a red card.



Third round

Yaxley 3 (Stead, Cotton, Spencer)

Sleaford Town 4


Northern Premier Division

Postponed: Stamford AFC v Darlington1983

Division One South

Stafford Rangers 2

Spalding 0


Premier Division

AFC Kempston Rovers 2

Deeping Rangers 1 (Hunnings)

Huntingdon Town 0

Northampton Spencer 5

Postponed: Desborough Town v Wisbech Town, Kirby Muxloe v Holbeach United

Division One

Burton Park Wanderers 0

Bourne Town 2 (Munton, Rook)

Postponed: Bugbrooke St Michaels v Blackstones


Division One

Postponed: March Town United v Team Bury.