Rousing finale sees Drove surge up table

PARSON Drove have struggled at the foot of the table all season but a late season surge could see them finish the season midway in the Peterborough Premier Division.

In midweek they had a 2-0 win over local rivals Leverington and then on Saturday they came from 3-0 down with 25 minutes to go to beat Uppingham 4-3.

Dominic Pintillie and man of the match Jamie Muffet scored the goals against Leverington but the latter is now out of action with an ankle injury.

On Saturday Drove were trailing 3-0 without playing too badly and then staged a remarkable recovery.

James McManus set up brother Scott for the first goal and then scored the second with an impressive overhead kick to make it 3-2.

Scott McManus put them on level terms before brother James fired home a quickly taken free kick for the winner.

Manager Nick Markillie said: “It was daylight robbery really. Uppingham were still lining up their wall when the referee let James take a quick free kick and they were not very happy.

“We did not deserve to be 3-0 down but once we got the first goal back we started to dominate. We also played well in midweek to beat Leverington and with two games left a midway finish is possible.”

Leverington finished the week in better form with an 8-2 win over bottom club Alconbury on Saturday after two midweek defeats.

Craig Ablett, Simon Oakley and veteran Wayne Garner scored first half goals to set up a 3-0 lead.

Ablett went on to complete his hat-trick after the break when Sam Cubberley 2 and Matt Mattless were also on target.

Manager Stu Webb said: “We played some good football against a poor side but you can only beat what is front of you.

“At least we finished the season with a win.

“I think we have definitely underachieved this season with the squad of players we have.

“But many of them are young and hopefully they have learned and we can now do better next season.

“The club, however, have had a very good season. The Reserves reached two cup finals and are in the play-offs for promotion and the A team can also gain promotion. Wayne Garner and Kev Roberts have been a great help to me and Jon Knight has done a lot of work behind the scenes too.”

Garner was presented with an England number 10 shirt after the game with the name The Fonz on the back (something to do with the hairstyle!).

Long Sutton finished their season in Division One with a 1-1 draw at Stamford Belvedere and take seventh place.

Guyhirn took eighth place in Division Two with a 4-2 win at Farcet in their final game.

Aaron Percel, Dan Webb, Ryan Alban and Ryan Brown scored the goals while Sutton Bridge lost 5-3 against Hartford Sun and finish in third spot.

Nick Reims 2 and Jake Lally scored for Sutton.

Leverington Reserves were beaten 4-3 by FC Inter Res but a fourth place finish in Division Three puts them in the promotion play-offs.