MATCH VERDICT: First league defeat halts Harrox title celebration

Moulton Harrox keeper Lee Kenealy collects the ball. Photos by Tim Wilson
Moulton Harrox keeper Lee Kenealy collects the ball. Photos by Tim Wilson
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The championship party is on hold for Moulton Harrox.

Only a mathematical miracle could deny them from taking the Premier Division title.

One more point would be enough but the unbeaten record is all over.

They looked on course to celebrate on Tuesday night as top scorer Ollie Maltby put them ahead.

However, a second-half fightback from Pinchbeck United boosted their bid for runners-up spot and leaves Moulton waiting for that magical moment when they are crowned champions.

When Maltby poked home from close range after 14 minutes, it appeared Moulton would get the job done.

The equaliser for Pinchbeck United

The equaliser for Pinchbeck United

Maltby’s penalty appeal was turned down and Joe Townsend should have done better with a far-post header.

Tony Edwards missed the target at the other end but the champions-elect looked in control.

After the break, though, Tyler Wright sent a warning when he fired wide and then Pinchbeck levelled thanks to Edwards’ cross-shot into the top corner.

Maltby and Tom Panton could not test goalkeeper Joe Ashton but Moulton number one Lee Kenealy was called into action when he pushed out Liam Ogden’s effort.

Celebrations for Pinchbeck United

Celebrations for Pinchbeck United

The winner came on 81 minutes as Edwards slotted home from the penalty spot after Bobby Patterson’s trip on Tom Sergeant.

There was still time for more yellow cards and a few anxious moments around the penalty box.

But Pinchbeck held on to inflict Moulton’s first league defeat of the season.

There is no real doubt that they will claim the title and what an achievement to stay unbeaten until now.

Pinchbeck player-manager Ian Dunn

Pinchbeck player-manager Ian Dunn

As well as trying to finish in second place behind them, Pinchbeck will be aiming to cause another upset when they meet Moulton in the President Premier Shield 
final at Stamford on Friday, May 13.

PINCHBECK UNITED

4-5-1: Ashton; B Murrell, A Murrell, Withers, Gardner; Edwards, Francis (sub Dunn h-t), Bishop, Ogden, Wright; Sergeant. Subs not used: Saebe, Eyes, Lawrence, Brown.

MOULTON HARROX

4-4-2: Kenealy; Groves (sub Clay 56 mins), Coddington, Patterson, Johnson; Townsend (sub Lambe-Hyner 61 mins), King, Panton (sub Watkin 66 mins), Allen; Bradbury, Maltby.

REFEREE

Mixed emotions at the final whistle

Mixed emotions at the final whistle

Michael Dunkley.

GOALS

Maltby (14 mins, 0-1); Edwards (50 mins, 1-1); Edwards pen (81 mins, 2-1).

BOOKINGS

Sergeant (unsporting behaviour); Bishop, Coddington, Maltby, B Murrell, Kenealy (dissent); Bradbury, Edwards, Clay (foul).

ATTENDANCE

150

ENTERTAINMENT

★★★

WHO’S NEXT

AFC Stanground v Pinchbeck & Stilton United v Moulton Harrox – Saturday (2pm).

Moulton Harrox put Pinchbeck under late pressure

Moulton Harrox put Pinchbeck under late pressure