Leverington on Wright track

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LEVERINGTON had goalkeeper Adam Wright to thank for their point in the 1-1 draw with Coates in the Peterborough Premier Division on Saturday.

Wright made three good saves in the first half and then stopped a penalty late in the second half.

Coates took the lead from the penalty spot in the first half. The spot kick struck the woodwork but the Coates player reacted quickest of all to put away the rebound.

Danny Painter made it 1-1 before the break but really Coates could have been in front but for the heroics of Wright.

In the second half Leverington, who included four under 18 players in their team, found the heavy conditions testing but Wright was on hand again to save from the penalty spot.

Just before the end Marti Ryan could have won it for Leverington but his chip from 35 yards out was just four inches wide of the target.

Manager Alan Russell commented: “It was good result for us. Adam Wright kept them out and in the end we nicked a point.”

Parson Drove manager Nick Markillie was not too disappointed with his side’s performance in the 2-1 defeat against title hopefuls Uppingham, who were completing the double.

Drove conceded an early goal when a free kick evaded the home defence and left an Uppingham player to head home at the far post.

Stuart Cobb had a good chance to equalise but shot over the bar and then Scott McManus hit the post twice before Cobb put the second rebound narrowly wide.

But Cobb did find the net after the break when a ball over the top saw him race clear to equalise.

Drove were not too happy with the Uppingham winner which came in a goalmouth scramble with a player handling the ball over the line. Drove had a couple chances late on in a grandstand finish but could not equalise again.

Markillie said: “I thought we were good for a point but the referee could not have seen through all the players for the handball. It was a harsh defeat but we did not let ourselves down against a good side.”

Long Sutton manager Paul Preston was not a happy man, though, after seeing his team lose 7-2 against Peterborough Sports in Division One.

Sports led 2-0 at the break and quickly made it 4-0 in the second half. Kevin Goude did score twice for Long Sutton but the home side made it 7-2.

Preston said: “The long period without a game was no excuse. We were lacklustre and I do not know why we can play so well in the cup and then poorly in the league.”

It was a poor day for Guyhirn who lost 11-1 at home to leaders Hampton Sports in Division Two.