Four Sleights goals ruled out in cup woe

Sleights take on Ayton in Saturday's 'picture: Alan Wastell
Sleights take on Ayton in Saturday's 'picture: Alan Wastell

Sleights controversially tumbled out of the Scarborough League Cup after playing an hour-and-a-half with ten men and having four goals disallowed against First Division Ayton.

Mark McCarthy had the ball in the net for Jim Howard’s side early on, only to be adjudged offside. Five minutes later, the hard-working Marc Kipling was fouled inside the Ayton box and a penalty was awarded. James Fawcett stepped up but the soft ground meant his standing foot gave way and he dragged his kick wide.

Sleights take on Ayton in Saturday's 'picture: Alan Wastell

Sleights take on Ayton in Saturday's 'picture: Alan Wastell

Another Sleights strike was ruled out after Ayton keeper Ben Riley was lobbed from just inside the box.

McCarthy then gave away a soft free kick, talked himself into a booking and that frustration spilled over with the teenager’s next challenge seeing him sent-off after just half an hour.

Ayton took the lead on the hour after Mark Oldroyd forced a goal-bound Chris Stubbings header past keeper Dave Fish.

Howard’s response was to sacrifice a defender for a striker and gamble with a 3-4-2 formation.

Sleights take on Ayton in Saturday's 'picture: Alan Wastell

Sleights take on Ayton in Saturday's 'picture: Alan Wastell

After 70 minutes, a large punt into the Ayton box was dropped by Riley, leaving a simple tap-in for Jake Faichney, but again the referee chalked off the goal.

Sleights finally struck when big centre-half Andy Hardy scored his fourth goal in five games to force extra time.

Sleights again found the net ten minutes in, with the referee even pointing to the centre-circle before deciding to give another offside.

Player-boss Howard was then adjudged to have handled in the box despite having blood coming from his nose. Justice was done though as the resulting spot-kick was blasted over the crossbar by Si Rigg.

With two minutes remaining, however Ayton grabbed the winner as Steve Roberts ran clear and played in Oldroyd, who slotted home despite desperate home claims for offside.

“To have four goals disallowed is something I have never seen in local football in the 17 years I have been involved with teams,” Howard said.

“It’s hard to give a man of the match when the team were just ridiculously good.

“We battered a side from the top tier with ten men for more than 90 minutes.“

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Sleights’ second string were also back in action after several weeks without football, due to bad weather.

Both sides had half chances early on with Stu Hancock taking charge for the first time alongside co-player-boss Rob Ingham, who came close with a left-footed volley which narrowly went over the bar.

Mike Trotter was then hauled down in the box only for the referee to wave away the appeals – one of a number of decisions the away side felt went against them.

That led to the frustration spilling out as Steve McGill picking up a red card for foul and abusive language just before half-time.

Things went from bad to worse then as a free-flowing move was finished off by Scalby’s Nic Wheatman to break the deadlock ten minutes into the second half.

Further good play then allowed Wheatman to wrap up the points with 20 minutes remaining.

Taylor Jordan also hit the bar late on for the Scarborough side.

Sleights Reserves man of the match: Arron Leeman

Scalby Reserves 2

Sleights Reserves 0