FOOTBALL: United rue costly calls

Exit: Toni Pascu (centre) has left Pinchbeck.

Exit: Toni Pascu (centre) has left Pinchbeck.

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PINCHBECK UNITED 1 ST NEOTS TOWN RESERVES 1: BEMUSED Pinchbeck player/boss Ian Dunn was again left gobsmacked by a bizarre refereeing decision as his side were held on Saturday.

Keith Gray’s second-half strike cancelled out an early Lee Bassett effort, but the talking points came late in the game.

Ex-Bourne Town ace Gray was flattened in the penalty box by the Saints keeper, while Mark Lovelace saw a goal controversially ruled out.

At the other end Pinchbeck’s Dan Woods was lucky to get away with a handball in the box, but Dunn was left thinking of what might have been.

He said: “It was a really good game and I’m sure they’ll be among the favourites for the title.

“It took us a while to get into the game and I don’t think we realised quite how good they’d be.

“Once we equalised the lads really turned the screw, but sadly we’re left talking about the referee.

“The ball has bounced over the keeper and he’s just flattened Keith. It has to be a penalty! Then I’ve pulled the ball back to Lovelace for him to score, only for the flag to go up. I know what I saw and he wasn’t offside.”

Pinchbeck are hoping to host Whittlesey on Saturday (3pm) – but they’ll have to do without Toni Pascu.

The Romanian winger has left the club after failing to hold down a regular place in the first team.