Controversial late opening leads to shopping centre defeat

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A shopping centre’s football team felt they were robbed by a late winning goal away at a chilly Aston Clinton on Saturday.

Hale Leys players were left fuming about an alleged missed offside in the 91st minute of their Molten Spartan South Midlands division two encounter when Kevin Mealor slotted home. Aston Clinton took advantage of the discontent and bagged another from Chris Stapleton in the 94th minute to make it 4-2.

Until the dying moments of the game, Hale Leys had been well in contention. Indeed they took the lead in the 12th minute when Carl Moreton, pictured, was played in by Tom Brindley after a neat piece of skill from Daniel Parson. Then Aston bagged a penalty on 33 minutes but Leys restored their lead after a set-piece. Johnny Wilson slotted home a twice-dummied free kick to give Leys a 2-1 lead at the break.

But Aston Clinton brought on Neil Roberts late on. He equalised with eight minutes to go, which disheartened the Leys men who then lost in controversial circumstances.