Uppingham Town and Cottesmore Amateurs had a tough afternoon on Saturday despite playing some good football.
Uppingham lost 2-1 at home to Pinchbeck United but not with some controversy. With Uppingham chasing the game they had two golden opportunities late on to level and take they lead, they even had the ball in the back of the net only to be waved offside.
Moments later the home side were convinced they should of had a penalty when an Uppingham man was felled inside the box but the referee judged the foul took place outside the 18 yard box and only awarded a free kick which Town failed to convert.
Pinchbeck took the lead from the penalty spot in the first half before going two up shortly after the break. Ryan Leggett and Elliot Price converted for the visitors.
But then momentum switched and Uppingham debutante Jordan Neil levelled pulled a goal back before the two controversial decisions went against them.
The result leaves Uppingham 13th with a visit to leaders and derby rivals Oakham up next on Saturday in the President Premier Shield.
l Cottesmore played some of their best football of the season on Saturday but still finished on the wrong side of a tight match, going down 1-0 at Birstall United.
The Amateurs’ difficult task was made harder when three players dropped out of the squad on Saturday morning meaning the side travelled to Birstall with just one substitute and full back Duncan Simpson in goal.
However Simpson had a relatively easy time of it in goal for much of the match, only being called into action to clean up a couple of distance shots. Cottesmore could have be forgiven for thinking their luck had turned after a 3-2 victory last weekend but it is just one of those seasons where the run of the ball is not going their way.
There was a great deal of fortune in Birstall’s goal just before the break. Striker Austin Cain put the ball in the back of the net off his shoulder having missed the cross with his head as he had intended.
Cottesmore could have been ahead at that point after Robbie Preira and Rob Mason both had good chances and after the break they piled on the pressure in a bid to get back into the tie. Unbelievably they managed to crash the ball into the woodwork three times after the break and had the ball cleared off the line by a defender.
But for once the high-scoring Rutland village side could not get the ball in the net.
Even worse Dunton & Broughton Rangers won 5-3 at home St Andrews Reserves which means they are now tied on 11 points towards the bottom of the league. Cottesmore are 16th in the 18 team league but virtue of better goal difference and Dunton are 17th.
However Cottesmore had little time to lick their wounds as they were in Ancaster Cup on Tuesday night against Glinton and Northborough.
A single goal from Preira was enough to earn the Rutland side advancement against the lively visitors from the PDFL Division Three.