PARSON Drove’s Alan Russell got the call every manager fears less than hour from kick-off when goalkeeper Callum Summers could not make the game on Saturday.
With regular custodian Chris Horton on holiday, Russell was forced to use outfield player Dominic Pintillie between the posts and Drove lost out 5-3 to Whittlesey United in their opening game of the Peterborough Premier Division season.
Russell said: “I think if we had had a goalkeeper then perhaps we might have got something out of the game. Three of their goals were goalkeeping errors but we did not defend well enough and you cannot blame Dominic who did well for us.”
Drove went a goal down but Scott McManus equalised only for Whittlesey to hit back with two more goals.
Adam Bunton made it 3-2 with Drove’s second goal and they were in the game with a real chance.
Then two goalkeeping errors led to two more Whittlesey goals to make the game safe before Aaron Wykes made it 5-3.
Long Sutton found themselves 3-0 down with poor defending against Castor in Division One before late goals from Lee Marshall, on his return from Pinchbeck, and Alan Birch made it 3-2.
Manager Vinny Mackay had a very late chance to equalise when his header hit the outside of the post.
Mackay said: “We had as many as nine first team squad players missing with most of them on a trip to Malaga. The referee also awarded us a penalty but then changed his mind when their manager flagged for offside. We should be a lot stronger next week.”
Sutton Bridge lost 2-0 at home to Thorney.