Dockers bow out after penalty kick drama

Bishops Stortford 1, Tilbury 1
Bishops Stortford won 8-7 onĀ penalties
THERE was penalty shoot-out disappointment for Tilbury after a marathon affair at the ProKit UK Stadium on Tuesday night.
Up against a side riding high in the Premier Division, North Division One Dockers looked on for an upset after they grabbed the lead with just 20 minutes of the Isthmian League Cup (Velocity Trophy) tie left when Lewis Smith scored, firing home from 20 yards.
The advantage lasted just six minutes before Hussain Jaffa had the misfortune to head the ball into his own net when trying to defend a cross from Jamie Cureton.
That set up a penalty shoot-out after 90 minutes. Smith took the first and scored, as did the next 13 players as the tally went to 7-7. Jack Carlile, Kris Newby, Harry Norman, Siju Odelusi, Siomn Peddie and Joe Paxman successfully converting for the visitors.
However, the tide turned when Morisi Gelashvilli’s weakly struck effort was saved by Patrick Ohman and then Cureton wrapped up the win with the next kick.
Tilbury had more than matched their hosts throughout the 90 minutes of this second round tie.
Though Bishops probably edged the first half, Tilbury shaded the second and were somewhat aggrieved soon after the resumption when Harry Kyprianou was only cautioned, when there appeared a good case to dismiss for a challenge that prevented a goalscoring opportunity.
After the drama of the two regulation time goals, Bishops came close to winning it when Alfie Mason hit the woodwork and they also had strong 90th minute claims for a penalty when Cureton was brought down in the box but their appeals were waved away.
Right at the death Norman spurned a glorious chance to win it for the Dockers, but he missed from two yards out and then it was down to the lottery of spot-kicks.