United feel the pinch in cup exit

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Lincolnshire Junior Cup

quarter final

Skegness United 1, Pinchbeck 2

SKEGNESS United were edged out of the cup in what on paper looked to be their most difficult game of the season to date.

Opponents Pinchbeck are favorites to win the Peterborough Premier League and their side is filled with players of United Counties League experience.

Skegness United thought they had scored after five minutes when Andy Hallam put the ball into the net from close range, however it was ruled out for off-side.

On 25 minutes Pinchbeck took the lead from a penalty when Jordan Walden was adjudged to have fouled a Pinchbeck player just inside the box.

This left the United players and management furious. They felt the foul should have gone the other way amid claims the Pinchbeck player had been clearly backing into Walden.

From the resulting penalty Andy Law beat Margarson with a low shot. To rub salt into their wounds Walden was also booked by referee Brader for the tackle.

With half-time approaching a fantastic through ball by Jack Wightwick split the Pinchbeck defence for Andy Hallam to run onto and place a stunning first time shot past Drury from the edge of the area and into the far corner of the net.

The United leveller was short lived though because Pinchbeck soon scored their second.

Despite what United felt was a clear handball by a Pinchbeck player, the referee instead awarded a free-kick to Pinchbeck.

From the resultant free-kick the ball into the box was headed past Margarson by Andy Law for his second of the match.

The game was being played mainly in the middle of the park with neither keeper being overworked.

United were playing the finer football, however the Pinchbeck defence was well marshalled by Matt Hocking and they were able to keep a tight reign on the United forwards.

On 85 minutes Callum Hyland was dismissed after receiving a second yellow for a foul.

The game ended with Pinchbeck moving into the semi-final after a hard fought match between two committed sides.

United’s Joint Manager, Mark Hallam, said: “We had a fabulous crowd behind us and were disappointed we did not perform as well as we know we can.

“Having said that, all the big decisions went against us and the players found it difficult to mentally deal with some of the decisions that were made. However, we wish Pinchbeck all the best.”

Team - Martyn Margarson, Callum Hyland, McCauley Parker, Jordan Walden, Joby Gowshall, Jamie Skinner, Andy Reeson (Ben Drysdale), Kyle McGuigan (Paul Watts), Andy Hallam, Jack Wightwick (Arron Scutt), Kurt Crossley.

Man of the Match - Joby Gowshall.

Match Sponsor - The Crown Hotel;

Match Ball Sponsor - New Era Gym.