Rovers out the cup after eight-goal thriller

Great Wakering Rovers v Peterborough Sports – Emirates FA Cup Second Qualifying Round – Burroughs Park – Report

Great Wakering Rovers 3-5 Peterborough Sports

Great Wakering Rovers failed in their bid to reach the Emirates FA Cup third qualifying round for the first time in their history but not before putting up a tremendous fight against Southern League Premier Central leaders, Peterborough Sports.

Rovers appeared dead and buried within the opening quarter of an hour after Dan Jarvis opened the scoring, then the unlucky Jake Pitty turned the ball into his own net.

However, Charlie Morris reduced the arrears four minutes before the break and shortly after the restart, Mitchell Gilbey incredibly pulled the home side level.

But the game hinged on a penalty decision – Dan Lawlor converting on the hour after Louie Haye was harshly penalised to restore the visitors’ advantage.

Chasing the game, Rovers left themselves exposed. Jarvis added his second before Jordan Nicholson made it five, twelve minutes from time.

A late Sam Carter goal gave Rovers faint hope, but it was a case of too little too late for the home side.

Speaking after the game, Rovers boss, Steve Butterworth said: “The penalty decision could have gone either way really.

“He’s grabbed hold of him, you could see why the ref has given it but it’s a soft one and just at a point when we had got into the game and had them slightly on the ropes. Their manager said to me that we’d not really deserved that.

“But the boys have done well. There wasn’t too much expectation when you see them flying in a league above – at the top, beating everyone, while we have been struggling recently.

We’ve come into it, hoping the players could give us a bit and they did. We were a bit unlucky in the end.

Butterworth continued: “I think where we are in the league is a false position. We have been a little unlucky in games but have been a lot better recently, to the point we are nearly there, I think.”

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Brian Jeeves

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