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Bels hold high-flyers but are left frustrated by controversial call

Matt Leeton had an effort controversially ruled out for Stamford Bels.
Matt Leeton had an effort controversially ruled out for Stamford Bels.

Stamford Bels returned with mixed emotions after becoming the first team to stop Peterborough League Division One title challengers Peterborough Polonia from scoring in a goalless draw in Saturday’s clash.

Although satisfied to come home with a point, Bels were slightly disappointed that it wasn’t all three after Matt Leeton saw a first half effort controversially disallowed for offside.

Manager Lewis Morley explained: “Before the game we would have taken a point away at one of the title favourites, but after 90 minutes of hard work and determination that should have allowed us to take all three.

“Matt rounded the keeper and scored, but was given offside by the Polonia linesman. There was watching league officials who stated that he was two yards onside.

“We were frustrated, but it made the players turn up the heat even more.”

Bels had started the brighter of the two teams with captain Scott Toomey twice coming close through two long range efforts, both of which were saved smartly.

Polonia had a 15-minute spell before half-time where they dominated play, but Bels stood strong against a home side who had scored 59 goals in 14 league games.

The tables then turned again with Bels back on top when the hugely-controversial decision was given against the Stamford side.

Joe Morley then fired in a strike that rocketed against the crossbar and more chances in the second half fell to Rhys Ford and Toomey.

However, Bels were unable to find a way through as they came back with a point which kept them in fifth place in the table.

They will be aiming to book their place in the last four of the PFA Challenge Cup this weekend when they travel to Division Two side Bretton North End for a quarter-final clash.


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