Drove are out of luck

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PARSON Drove can feel unlucky not to have come away with three points at Netherton in the Peterborough Premier Division on Saturday.

In the end they had to settle for a 1-1 draw but it might have been different had referee Peter Chappell been able to keep up with play in the second half.

Scott McManus had given Drove the lead a minute before the break with a stunning volley which dipped into the net.

In a poor second half on the dry conditions Drove were defending well enough to hold out.

But midway through the second period a handball in the area presented Netherton with a penalty and they took their chance to equalise.

However almost immediately after that Drove broke up the other end and Scott McManus was clearly fouled in the box but the referee was almost 40 yards away and waved play on.

Manager Nick Markillie said: “It was a soft penalty to give away after we had defended well but I think everyone but the referee could see we should have had a penalty too. We really needed a second goal when we were leading as that would have killed the game off.”

Leverington’s losing run continues after they lost 2-1 to Crowland despite taking the lead five minutes into the second half with a Ben Russell penalty.

Crowland equalised five minutes later and another piece of poor defending allowed the homer side to hit the winner with 15 minutes left.

Manager Alan Russell commented: “They had only two chances in the second half so it was disappointing not to have taken something from the game.”

With second from bottom Alconbury winning, both Drove and Leverington are still very much in the relegation battle.

Long Sutton are also on the downward spiral and went down 3-1 at Powerleague with Matt Cawthorn scoring their goal.

Guyhirn dropped into the bottom two in Division Two with a 1-0 home defeat against Werrington.

Premier Division

Uppingham 22 16 3 3 52 26 51

Ramsey 20 14 2 4 65 19 44

Pinchbeck 18 13 3 2 57 20 42

Coates 23 11 5 7 49 37 38

Moulton H 20 11 3 6 60 46 36

Netherton 20 10 5 5 42 33 35

Eye Sports 21 9 4 8 35 30 31

Crowland 20 9 3 8 38 37 30

Oundle 21 9 3 9 39 46 30

^ Whittlesey 21 6 5 10 32 36 26

Deeping Sp 20 8 1 11 39 37 25

Rutland 19 6 3 10 39 60 21

* Leverington 21 6 4 11 25 43 19

Parson Drove 21 5 2 14 31 45 17

Alconbury 23 5 1 17 28 73 16

Stamford Bels 22 3 3 16 26 69 12