A brave effort against powerful opponents was not quite enough to prevent Pinxton sliding out of the Derbyshire FA Senior County Cup in the Second Round.
Pinxton came up against Whaley Bridge Athletic, who are unbeaten and top of the Premier Division in the Cheshire League and have not lost at home for 25 games, spanning 15 months. So the Central Midlands League high-fliers did well to take the lead and test the hosts all the way until relieved Whaley Bridge emerged with a 3-1 victory.
Displaying a physical presence, speed of passing and a teamwork ethic, Pinxton took a deserved lead when a shot by Jay Cooper was parried by the ‘keeper to leading scorer Pete Stubley, who reacted quicker than anyone to slot home. Stubley continued to be a handful, as did Nathan Benger, Cooper and Wayne Cook, and it took a fine save from ‘keeper James Tattersall to prevent a second goal.
However, Whaley Bridge slowly worked their way into the tie and they hit Pinxton with a killer one-two from Joe Burgess just before the break. First Burgess levelled, tapping in from a free-kick, and then he put the hosts 2-1 up, firing low and hard to beat ‘keeper Andy Francis at his near post.
The second half saw Whaley Bridge on top, but Pinxton always a threat on the break. George Burgess headed against the bar before Jack Gregory sealed the hosts’ win with an 80th minute penalty after Jason Broome had been pulled down.