The Lockmen slipped to a heavy defeat with a severely depleted side, but the scoreline was harsh in the extreme.
The visitors were first to show with a seventh minute free-kick, taken by Jason Hewitt, but the ball drifted behind the goal. Peggy skipper Sam Pearson broke on nine minutes but his charge down the right saw a strong chase back and he could only cross into keeper Ben Holden’s hands. However, a minute later and the same player broke the deadlock when a long ball forward found him on the edge of the box and he cleverly made half a yard for himself by stepping inside his marker before firing home across a surprised Holden. Luke Griffiths was next to show for the home side but his effort flew harmlessly wide of the mark. Another free-kick for the visitors on 14 minutes was pinged into the box from just over the half-way line, it was cleared and then put back into the box where the returning Simon Laidley managed to chest over the keeper but the flag had long since gone up. Juniors then forced two corners on 18 minutes, the latter seeing two shots blocked by The Lockmen defence. On 23 minutes Holliday was caught in possession and the ball was quickly played through to Jake Robinson who finished coolly. A good break by Hewitt then won a corner for the visitors which forced another flag-kick. However, this one drifted harmlessly over the bar. After 31 minutes good play from Scott Harris set up Hewitt but his effort was wide. Juniors then grabbed a third goal on 39 minutes when a ball in from the right found Pearson who angled a clever shot across Holden and into the corner. Pearson then forced a smart save from Holden for another corner which was followed by two more, the third was again put behind. As the game entered stoppage-time at the end of the first-half Hewitt was found on the right flank where he run at and beat his marker by jinking first inside and then out, he raced clear and lifted a beautiful effort over the keeper but crashed off the cross-bar and away from danger.
Toray Lewin, clearly carrying an injury, was replaced at the break by Jaspal Kumar and the debut-maker was quickly involved, skinning his marker down the right and crossing into the danger area. The first effort was cleared only and Kumar found Matt Dorgan onside to net, but the flag had been up from the previous cross. Hewitt was then inches over on 51 minutes after another break and cross from Kumar, who was looking very lively. A 54th minute free-kick was then headed clear by the Pegasus defence before they broke and Corey Hyde forced a fine tip over by Holden at the expense of a corner. Holden then did well to deny Griffiths as Juniors started to come back into the game. On 57 minutes Hewitt again broke, this time through the middle and when he fed Dorgan as he made his way into the box from the right, the striker fired across goal. On the hour Jamoy Christie and Hewitt combined brilliantly with a couple of back heels thrown in for good measure. Hewitt’s cross resulted in a corner that was cleared off the line by the home defence from Hewitt’s delivery. The home side put the game to bed on 62 minutes with a lucky fourth goal. A sharp break down the right wing saw a first time cross curve dangerously across the six yard line, where the unlucky Andy Lowe could only scramble the ball into the net. Amarpreet Dulay then entered for his debut and immediately his cross found Hewitt unmarked, this time the unfortunate Lockman could only scoop the ball over the bar from close range. Pegasus then scored identical goals on 73 and 80 minutes when long balls forward between the full-back and centre-half allowed Pearson to break clear and place the ball first under and then across Holden for two quality finishes. The final Lockman substitute Shaquille Olagitere then entered the fray and the stocky striker made an immediate nuisance with his surprising burst of speed unsettling the defence. With eight minutes left, a break down the right by Dulay after he had picked up a booming goal-kick from Holden saw him cross into the area and the substitute controlled sped forwards and rolled a lovely composed finish beyond the onrushing Jason Davies. A superb Lowe tackle then denied Hyde as he raced clear on 83 minutes. Hewitt then fired at the keeper from 30 yards before curling a delightful effort towards the far top corner from the tightest of angles, missing the top corner by a couple of inches. With three minutes remaining, a goalmouth scramble saw two efforts blocked by the home defence before seconds later Olagitere was clearly yanked back by his wrist as he was about to fasten onto the ball and fire at goal. No penalty was the surprising decision.