Lack of refs anger Drove

A shortage of referees in the Peterborough League left Parson Drove without a game on Saturday and their manager Nick Markillie was not a happy man.

The league increased their number of teams this season but it has been a struggle to find officials to cover all the games since the start of the season.

On Saturday there also calls for local officials for FA Vase and County Cup games and Drove’s Premier Division fixture against Oundle Town suffered.

Markillie said: “After a poor performance the previous week everyone was looking to getting back on the pitch again. If we called off a game because we were short of players we would get a heavy fine but the league seem to do what they want.

“Surely one of the lower league games could have been called off. We had a decent side ready to play and were really looking forward to the game.

“But I am not surprised there is a shortage of referees because some of the younger players these days show no respect at all and think they can say what they like to them and some of our players are as bad. I would certainly not want to referee a game.”

Ironically the league looked at having official assistant referees for Premier Division games but the clubs turned it down because of the expense and just as well.

Leverington are through to the last eight in the PFA Senior Cup after a 1-0 win against struggling Alconbury.

The winner came after 65 minutes with Lee Markillie on target and manager Stuart Webb said: “It was difficult in the wind and on a bobbly pitch, but we kept a clean sheet which we have struggled to do this season.”

Aaron McKenna has returned to the Leverington ranks after a short spell with UCL side Desborough.

Ryan Lennon scored both goals in Long Sutton’s 2-2 draw at Langtoft in Division One.