Great day comes complete with a disappointing result as more than 500 people descend on Sawtry for the A1 derby

The Sawtry team who faced Stilton are, back row, left to right, Liam Littlefair, Ellis Howe, Lewis W

The Sawtry team who faced Stilton are, back row, left to right, Liam Littlefair, Ellis Howe, Lewis Waldron, Mitchell Leggett, Alex Dixon, Ben Flanz, front, Craig Smith, Jack McDermott, Michael Simpson, Hayden Bream, Dwayne Glover and mascot Finley Green. - Credit: Archant

Everything went right for Sawtry last Sunday afternoon . . . apart from the result.

Sawtry player-manager Michael Simpson on the ball against Stilton.

Sawtry player-manager Michael Simpson on the ball against Stilton. - Credit: Archant

Michael Simpson’s side suffered a 2-0 defeat against local rivals Stilton when launching their Peterborough & District League Premier Division season.

They were undone by two goals in the final quarter-of-an-hour of a match at Greenfields which formed part of an organised Groundhop UK tour and attracted a terrific crowd of 534.

Simpson said: “It wasn’t the result we wanted, but it was a very good day for the club. To have more than 500 people watching a Peterborough League game is fantastic.

“It was an unbelievable turnout from both the ground-hoppers and local people.

Sawtry man Ben Flanz (right) keeps tabs on a Stilton player.

Sawtry man Ben Flanz (right) keeps tabs on a Stilton player. - Credit: Archant


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“We looked a bit nervous and came up against a good side who had a lot of pace and posed plenty of threat.

“They probably just shaded a pretty even game and got the goals quite late on.”

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Sawtry are back in action at Peterborough Sports Reserves on Tuesday night.

They also meet title favourites Pinchbeck United and have a return clash against Stilton later this month.

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