Supersub Stubley fires Pinxton to giantkilling FA Vase victory

SUPER STUB -- substitute Pete Stubley, who scored an injury-time winner.
SUPER STUB -- substitute Pete Stubley, who scored an injury-time winner.

A dramatic winner two minutes into stoppage time by supersub Pete Stubley fired magnificent Pinxton to a giantkilling victory in the FA Vase.

Pinxton’s Second Round tie at Long Eaton United, who play two levels above them on the non-league pyramid, was locked at 2-2 and looked to be heading for extra-time.

But then the ball was poked crisply to Stubley, who cut inside and drilled a bullet shot into the bottom corner of the net for a goal to spark joyous celebrations among the visiting fans that continued long into the night.

The 3-2 victory was nothing more than Pinxton deserved against their Midland League hosts. They were the better side throughout and would have progressed more easily had they taken all their chances. Monday’s Third Round draw gave them a home tie against either Highgate United or Nuneaton Griff on Saturday, December 12.

Pinxton took the lead in the 17th minute when man-of-the-match Luke Walker’s cross was headed down for Joel Smith to shoot under diving ‘keeper Scott Low from six yards. Long Eaton were only handed a lifeline by a controversial 44th minute penalty, awarded for a foul by ‘keeper Gareth Briggs and converted by skipper Paulo Piliero.

Brad Wells restored the advantage in a goalmouth scramble and although the hosts levelled immediately, through Jake Vernon, they had goalie Low sent off for a second yellow card seven minutes from the end.