Uppingham Town were dumped out of the ChromaSport & Trophies President’s Premier Shield with a 5-1 home loss to King’s Lynn Reserves.
But if ever a scoreline failed to reflect a game it was here.
The two sides who are second and fifth in the PDFL Premier battled it out in a largely even contest.
Town hit Lynn on the break well in the first half but failed to produce few moments of danger to the visitors’ goal. However the same could be said for the visitors who were kept at bay and restricted to distance shots in the first half.
And Uppingham were leading after 60 minutes when a long range Will Thomas shot deceived the keeper to go in.
But then the game turned on its head with the two defining moments of the encounter.
The first was the loss of right back Mark Dimeeh with injury. The defender who had been Town’s best player until he was forced off, caused manager Richard Kendrick to restructure his side.
Then shortly after, Lynn were awarded a dubious penalty by the linesman. Nelson Moriera drove into the box and the linesman signalled for a pullback. Robert Palmer stepped up and made the contest 1-1 in the 70th minute.
Uppingham fixtures secretary Billy Beaver said:“It was a really tough decision and got them back in the game when we were having our best spell after the goal.
Just moments later Moriera headed Lynn into a 2-1 lead with a powerful header from 15 yards but Uppingham were left disappointed that his effort had been unchallenged.
Lynn moved to a 4-3-3 formation and kept their attacking policy despite having quickly reversed their fortunes. In the next 10 minutes a brace from Lynn’s Luis Felipe Macedo Duarte and an own goal from Town saw the visitors claim a far more emphatic win than the balance of play would have you believe.
Beaver said: “It was a good effort by the lads. They are a really strong side. We have played them three times and we have lost three times but there has been nothing in it in any of the games.
“I hope now that our season does not fall flat. We have to keep going to the end of the season now and try and pick up as many points as we can and get into third.”
Uppingham are currently four points off third place Whittlesey United with a game in hand. They face Riverside away tomorrow, kick off 3pm.