LONG SUTTON bowed out of the PFA Senior Cup at the quarter-final stage, going down 2-1 at home to Rutland Rangers – and were left to reflect on a disallowed goal which could have made all the difference.
“We played better than we had done in recent weeks,” said manager Paul Preston, “and it was disappointing to go out of the competition. On a different day and perhaps with a different ref we could have gone through. In a cup-tie that first goal is often so important. We thought we had got it when Kevin Goode went up for a header and knocked the ball in over the keeper, but it wasn’t allowed when the ref blew up for a foul. We couldn’t see that because Kevin had his arms down by his side when he went for the header.”
Rutland, from the Peterborough Premier Division, went a goal up just before half time, but that was cancelled out early in the second half through a Daniel Piccaver header.
Despite the heavy conditions, Long Sutton played some good football and it was even until Rutland grabbed a 75th minute winner. “We kept pushing forward to get the goal back, but it wouldn’t come,” said Preston.
The PFA Minor Cup fixture between Powerleague Res and Leverington Res was postponed.
Leverington were held to a 1-1 draw at home for the second week running, this time by Alconbury in the Peterborough Premier Division.
In a match played on a heavy pitch, Leverington looked the better side for the first hour and eventually took the lead through Danny Paynter following a good build-up on the right wing. Paynter’s shot early in the second half was parried by the goalkeeper, but had sufficient power to get over the line.
But the second goal just wouldn’t come for the home side and Alconbury drew level with some 15 minutes to go through John Regan.
Manager Alan Russell commented: “I thought we were the better side and played quite well in that opening hour and had a couple of chances, but to be honest we lost our shape a little bit after getting in front and Alconbury did come into the match. I suppose on reflection it was a reasonably fair result.”
In the Combination Division One, Long Sutton Reserves earned a point in a 2-2 draw at home to Pinchbeck Reserves. Jeremy Barron and Mark Garner were on target.