Semi-final defeat for Sutton Bridge

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Sutton Bridge United’s run in the Lincolnshire FA Junior Cup came to an end in the semi-final on Saturday.

Scunthorpe & District League Division One side Limestone Rangers had the better of the early exchanges and broke the deadlock on 20 minutes.

Sutton Bridge rallied and got into the pace of the game, only to be hit just before half-time by a dubious penalty decision.

Even the player who was supposedly fouled thought the decision had gone against him.

However, the penalty was dispatched to put Limestone into a 2-0 interval lead.

In the second half Sutton Bridge fought to decrease the arrears, only for Limestone to take a 3-0 lead.

Midway through the half Sutton Bridge were awarded a penalty, although again the player did not appear to be fouled.

Matt Eaton stepped up and converted the spot-kick.

This looked like a way back into the game for the Bridge but that was not the case as Limestone added two further goals.

Club secretary David Earth said: “Limestone were a very good, well-organised side and on the day were too strong for Sutton Bridge.

“The scoreline did not actually reflect the tightness of the game.

“Both teams were surprised that the match officials were all young, the referee was the oldest at 21.

“It was felt that at least the referee should have been more experienced for such a big game.

“Despite the loss Sutton Bridge players can be proud of their achievement in getting to the semi-final for the first time.”