Nine men grab draw

LEVERINGTON finished their Peterborough Premier Division game against Rutland Rangers with nine men but still salvaged a point in the 1-1 draw.

Rutland took the lead midway in the first half with a very good strike from 25 yards although the home side had chances to push for an equaliser.

Then 10 minutes into the second half striker James Patrick was given a straight red card for what looked a clumsy tackle with a yellow card more appropriate.

Things got even worse then for Leverington when goalkeeper Adam Wright retaliated after being kicked and, although his kick did not strike the player, he was also given a red card. Ironically the Rutland player was not even booked.

Even with nine men Leverington pressed forwards for an equaliser and with 15 minutes to go Marti Ryan headed home to make it 1-1.

Manager Alan Russell said: “We have done well to get a point and we even had a couple of half chances to win the game late on.

“I thought the James Patrick red card was harsh and even their linesman felt the same. Adam would have been better to go down when he was kicked.

“The referee admitted afterwards that he was going to book the Rutland player after he had blown but seemed to forget when he red carded our goalkeeper.”

In the end it was a good point for Leverington, who are now six points clear of the bottom two.

Long Sutton’s expulsion from the Spalding Inter Services Cup seems to have ruined their season as they fell to a second successive defeat by 4-0 to Powerleague in Division One.

They were 1-0 down at the break and the performance did not improve in the second 45 minutes with three more goals conceded.

Manager Paul Preston said: “We were terrible. It is almost as though the season is over with the cup decision.”

Guyhirn could not follow up last week’s win in Division Two and were beaten 3-0 by Peterborough Rovers.

Long Sutton Reserves lost 2-0 to bottom team Alconbury Reserves in Combination Division One.

Leverington A are still looking for their first point in Combination Three and lost 3-1 to Stilton Reserves.