FOOTBALL: Pinchbeck reach semis, Harrox booted out

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Pinchbeck Utd 3 Gainsborough Town Canutes 3 (5-4 pens): A DRAMATIC afternoon at Knight Street saw Pinchbeck reach the semi-finals of the Lincs Junior Cup after a nail-biting penalty shoot-out.

Gainsborough Premier Division leaders Canutes were physical all afternoon – but United went ahead through Lee Marshall’s 15th-minute header. However, two defensive mix-ups allowed the away side to level and then take the lead.

Mark Lovelace restored parity eight minutes from the end, only for Canutes to snatch the lead again. But Ian Dunn struck a dramatic leveller to force penalties.

After keeper Elderkin saved the first Canutes penalty, Dunn, Robbie Relf, Dan Cole, Bobby Patterson and Andy Law kept their nerve to send Pinchbeck though to the last four of the county competition for the first time in 50 years, where they meet No1 Pub Saturday on February 5.

•MOULTON Harrox have been booted out of the Lincs Junior Cup for fielding a cup-tied player.

The Peterborough Premier Division side were due to face No1 Pub Saturday in the quarter-finals over the weekend.

But after fielding the ineligible Steve Mastin in their 3-0 win over Ancaster Rovers in the previous round, they were stripped of their place in the county competition.

Mastin had previously featured for rivals Pinchbeck United in the tournament.

Harrox’s Paul Crowson said: “It’s an honest mistake on our part. The player didn’t realise that he’d played in the cup before and we had to take him at his word. Unfortunately he was wrong.

“The Lincs FA received an anonymous e-mail tipping them off last week.

“We now concentrate on the league and Peterborough Senior Cup.”