Gosling hits a late win­ner for Pinch­beck

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News -

PINCH­BECK........................3 NETHER­TON.......................2

AN in­spired sub­sti­tu­tion helped Pinch­beck lift a firstever PFA Se­nior Cup crown at London Road last night.

Player-boss Ian Dunn took him­self off early in the sec­ond half af­ter strug­gling with a back spasm and saw his re­place­ment Tom Gosling fire the late win­ner that en­sured they reigned in the rain.

Gosling is a bull of a man but dis­played ter­rific fi­nesse with five min­utes re­main­ing to de­servedly seal vic­tory in front of a crowd es­ti­mated to be in the re­gion of 400 for a team who are also hot favourites to lift the Peter­bor­ough League Premier Di­vi­sion tro­phy.

“It’s the best sub­sti­tu­tion I’ve ever made,” in­sisted Dunn. “I was gut­ted to have to come off but it is all about the team.

“Tom is a hell of a player but I never re­alised he had a fin­ish like that in his locker. He tried it in a re­serve game on Satur­day and got it all wrong, but pulled it off when it mat­tered.

“We are a team that ev­ery­one talks about and last night we de­liv­ered. Now we have to do it again in the league.”

mark.plummer@jpress.co.uk

All four other goals ar­rived in two quick ex­changes dur­ing the first half.

The break­through ar­rived in the 12th minute when Tom Ran­dall coolly con­verted af­ter a mis-hit Ash Jack­son drive fell per­fectly into his path, but the Lincs lads were level in­side a minute as Nether­ton num­ber one Ben Carter suf­fered the sort of nightmare mo­ment all goal­keep­ers dread.

Carter raced out to claim an over­hit Nick Bishop long pass but was left flail­ing as the ball bounced clean over his head and con­tin­ued ag­o­nis­ingly on its way into the back of the net.

Carter re­deemed him­self with a su­per stop from Dunn af­ter Keith Gray had headed against the bar from close range, but there was rel­a­tively lit­tle ac­tion of note un­til the teams traded goals again in firsthalf stopp­gage time.

This time it was Pinch­beck’s turn to hit the front as Gray sprung the off­side trap (in the opin­ion of as­sis­tant ref­eree Reg Parker any­way) to latch onto a Dan Woods flick and fire un­der the body of Carter.

But their ad­van­tage lasted only sec­onds longer than Nether­ton’s had as the city side re­sponded al­most im­me­di­ately.

Ben Cullen darted in­side from the right flank, left full-back Dan Mad­di­son (a man clearly not as quick on the pitch as he is at post­ing on lo­cal foot­ball fo­rums) trail­ing in his wake and ri­fled a low shot past keeper Lee Drury from 15 yards.

An­other hotly-dis­puted off­side call cut short the Pinch­beck cel­e­bra­tions when man-of-the-match Woods (a man who cel­e­brates his 21st birth­day to­day) con­verted a Jon­nie Clay cross early in the sec­ond pe­riod.

Woods also hit the side net­ting and was de­nied by a fine Carter save as Pinch­beck dom­i­nated the sec­ond pe­riod to such an ex­tent that Nether­ton failed to reg­is­ter a sin­gle shot on goal.

Gray was also thwarted by a tre- mendous Carter stop but the Nether­ton keeper was pow­er­less to pre­vent Gosling set­tling the tie with his classy late fin­ish af­ter a slip from young sub­sti­tute Chris Hans­ford.

Nerther­ton boss Johnny Byrne said: “I’m so proud of the way the lads per­formed on the night and in get­ting here, but we’re ob­vi­ously bit­terly dis­ap­pointed to be beaten.

“We made mis­takes for all three goals and you can’t do that against a classy side like Pinch­beck who will go on to be league cham­pi­ons as well.”

SINGING IN THE RAIN: Pinch­beck cel­e­brate their PFA Se­nior Cup Final suc­cess at London Road last night.

MATCH­WIN­NER: Tom Gosling.

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