Lincoln MP "gutted" after football defeat
Lincoln MP Karl McCartney had an equalising goal ruled for offside as his team of Conservative politicians lost to a side of Westminster journalists.
The Tory outfit were defeated 1-0 in the match this morning, which took place at Manchester United's The Cliff Training Ground.
It followed the first day of the Conservatives' annual party conference in Manchester yesterday.
Mr McCartney's big moment came about halfway through the second half, with his team chasing the game after a delicate lob from Daily Telegraph public policy editor Andrew Porter.
The Lincoln man was certain he had levelled the tie with a long-range effort but his celebrations were cut short by the referee.
He said: "I managed to score but the referee ruled it out for offside so I was quite gutted about that, although I was a bit surprised to have been caught because I'm not the fastest.
"I was outside the box and hit it with the outside of my right boot into the top left-hand corner.
"It was sweet as a nut."
Among Mr McCartney's team mates were David Burrowes, MP for Enfield Southgate, Edward Timpson, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, and Phillip Lee, MP for Bracknell.
Their side faced the Lobby XI, which included journalists from The Times, Daily Telegraph, BBC and Financial Times.
Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, was also one of the referee's assistants.
Despite the loss, the Tories will find some solace in the fact their Labour rivals were thrashed by the media team 4-0 a week earlier.
Today's game saw a tight first 45 minutes, but the match opened up in the second period with the Conservatives wasting several golden opportunities.
Mr McCartney, who played in midfield, added: "We must have had three or four one-on-ones where we managed to put it wide.
"It was a bit like Lincoln - we weren't clinical with our finishes."
The Cliff Training Ground, in Salford, was used by Manchester United's first team until 1999, after which it became home to the club's youth players.