Baffins boss Wilkinson stunned as holders crash out of the Wessex League Cup to lower division Newport

Baffins Milton Rovers crashed out of the Wessex League Cup in dramatic fashion, losing 4-3 against Newport IOW at Beatrice Road.

Tuesday, 6th October 2020, 10:56 pm
Rudi Blankson came off the bench to score twice for Baffins Milton in their Wessex League Cup loss at Newport IoW. Pic: Martyn White.

The holders clawed back a two-goal deficit to take a 3-2 lead with less than 20 minutes to play.

Two goals at the death, the second a Connor Kelly penalty deep into injury time, left the visitors shell-shocked.

Baffins manager Shaun Wilkinson - whose team have now lost five games in a row in all competitions - almost couldn't believe it.

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'I feel suicidal,' he said.

'After a sloppy start, when we conceded twice, we showed lots of character to fight back and take a 3-2 lead.

'Rudi Blankson then missed a glorious chance to complete his hat-trick and wrap the game up.

'Then we failed to clear our lines and at the death conceded another penalty - the fifth one we have given away this season.

'We just needed to see the game out but failed to do it.

'To make matters worse, we picked up another three injuries.

'It doesn't get any easier.'

The Wessex Division One hosts stunned Baffins with two goals in the opening 22 minutes.

Tommy Scutt pulled a goal back from the penalty spot before half-time.

Substitute Blankson looked like completing the recovery with two goals in the 55th and 73rd minutes.

Blankson fired his first goal into the bottom corner minutes after going on and added a second with a fine solo effort.

But Scott Barrow levelled in the 86th minute and Kelly - who netted over 20 goals for Newport last season - struck the winner past ex-Hawks keeper Ryan Young in time added on.

Rovers saw Charlie Osborne stretchered off in the second half.