Drove pay the penalty

Parson Drove were made to pay the penalty in their 3-1 defeat at Oundle Town in the Peterborough Premier Division on Saturday.

The home side twice scored from the penalty spot but Drove had two very good appeals in the second half for spot kicks turned down.

Drove took the lead with Stephen Howard hitting a sweet 20-yard shot past the home keeper. But before the break Aaron Wykes was adjudged to have handled a volley from four yards away and Oundle scored the first of their penalties.

After the break it was Jamie Muffet who was adjudged to have handled the ball but Drove are adamant the ball hit the defender’s shoulder. Oundle took the lead with their second spot kick.

Drove then had two good shouts for penalties for handball and a foul on James Patrick but referee Glenn Adams felt differently.

In the last minutes Oundle snatched a third goal to sew up the points.

Drove boss Nick Markillie said: “If the referee can give them two penalties he should have given us two as well. I felt both decisions against us were harsh and I think we deserved a draw.”

Leverington are also looking for their first win of the season after a 3-1 defeat at leaders Kings Cliffe with Simon Oakley scoring their goal.

Stuart Webb’s wide had led 1-0 at the break but were very much second best in the second half.

Webb commented: “We were good in the first half but were a different side after the break but, to be fair, they are a good side.”

Leverington, who have one point from three games, lost 4-3 in midweek to Pinchbeck after trailing 3-1 when former Wisbech and March defender Lee Day was on target for them. Darren Rawthorn and an own goal completed their scoring while Tom Gosling scored twice for Pinchbeck.

Webb added: “We played really well in the last 30 minutes to get back level in the 89th minute at 3-3 but then they scored a winner a minute later. We are giving away silly goals but we are missing our central defenders Steve Thompson and Joe Green.”