Millers and Athletic suffer extra time heartbreak

Kirton (red) v Pointon (blue) Ian Jaquest (blue), Callum McDonald (red) EMN-150903-172413001
Kirton (red) v Pointon (blue) Ian Jaquest (blue), Callum McDonald (red) EMN-150903-172413001

There were certainly plenty of shocks in the quarter-finals of the Sharman Burgess Sports Cup, with only one Premier League side making it to the last four.

Division One high-flyers Heckington Millers gave Premier Division Benington a fright before losing in extra time. A long range free-kick from Rick Drury put the Premier side ahead in the opening period.

Heckington responded well after the break, forcing several top-class saves from Will Newton in the Benington goal. Millers drew level with a penalty from Dom Kew to force extra-time. A second goal from Drury edged Benington in front before Heckington’s Sam Elliott received a red card. Gavin Bell netted another for Benington, making the final score 3-1.

First Division Coningsby toppled Billinghay Athletic away from home in a closely fought tie which, again, needed extra time to produce a winner.

The Premier side looked to be going out in normal time after they trailed to a Will Laird strike, but striker Jac Wright grabbed a dramatic last-minute equaliser for Athletic to send the match into extra time. A Karl Wilson goal in the second period of extra time won the tie for Coningsby, 2-1.

Pointon and Kirton Town shared the points in their Boston League Premier Division encounter on Saturday.

Kirton held a 1-0 lead at half-time, but Pointon levelled after the break through Ryan Williams. Ian Jacquest then put Pointon in front for the first time before Town brought the scores level again.

Pointon squandered a golden opportunity to snatch victory from the penalty spot, leaving the scores tied 2-2 at the final whistle.

Luke Llewelyn and Liam Tait scored Ruskington Rovers’ goals at Woodhall Spa United but it was the home side who took all three points with a 3-2 victory.

Swineshead took a step towards the title with a 3-0 away win at Wyberton Reserves, Bert Snaith scoring twice and Rob Masters once.

Rippingale & Folkingham continue to climb the Division One table following a 3-2 home win against Friskney. James Ferrow, James Cliffe and Tom Edwards struck the goals to earn the three points.

Pointon A remain in contention at the top of Division Three after a 4-0 away win at Tetford Reserves. Cryss Stoffel and Mark Smith bagged two goals apiece for Pointon.