PERCY Main Amateurs lost their hold on the Northumberland FA Senior Benevolent Bowl at the first hurdle, when Stocksfield undeservedly came away from Purvis Park with a place in the second round.
While it remained a mystery to those in attendance how the visitors were able firstly to take the tie to extra time, such was the utter dominance of the home side, and then hold on for penalties, there was no doubt about the outcome once it got to that stage; Stocksfield converted all three of theirs, while the Villagers were unable to score a solitary one.
After a bright opening, it turned in to a bitty, dull game, too often punctuated by the referee’s whistle as a muscular, determined Stocksfield sought to disrupt the Main’s passing game.
However, as the game entered stoppage time at the end of the first half, a goal at either end roused interest in the contest once more.
Abladey should have scored when he blazed a loose ball over the bar, but he made amends halfway through the second period, with a cool, measured finish.
Frankly, this ought to have been game over, but Stocksfield equalised on 83 minutes with their second and final meaningful effort of the game, when the home side failed to clear their lines.
Sadly, the Main, despite a heroic attempt against the odds, were unable to find the crucial winning goal.
Percy Main are back in cup action in the second round of the George Dobbins League Cup, with a trip to Gosforth Bohemians on Saturday, where kick off at the quaint Benson Park ground is 2pm.