STAMFORD 1 SPALDING UNITED 1 (Stamford win 5-4 on penalties)
Spalding suffered penalty shoot-out heartache at Stamford on Tuesday night as they were knocked out of the Lincs FA Senior Trophy at the quarter final stage.
The Tulips, who matched their higher-graded county rivals throughout, fell behind to a fine low drive from Daniels left back Liam Richardson on 37 minutes.
Pat Rayment’s side had much the better of the second period though and grabbed a deserved leveller when Dan Cotton swept home a Lee Beeson cross on the hour.
It finished 1-1 after 90 minutes, meaning the old rivals were forced into the lottery of penalties.
Spalding had an early advantage in the shoot-out when Jamie Thurlbourne netted and Michael Duggan denied Shawn Richards.
But Stamford keeper Will Jones then denied Lewis Webb and Ash Robinson netted to level the scores at 1-1. Both teams then bagged their remaining three penalties, with Beeson, Cotton and Nathan Stainfield all on-target for the Tulips.
That took the tie into sudden death – and it was Spalding who paid the penalty when Adam Jackson saw his low effort saved by Jones, allowing Richardson to fire the hosts into the last four.
* See Thursday’s Spalding Guardian for more on the cup clash and reaction from the Spalding camp.