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Gedney Hillbillies completed a memorable Spalding Sunday League double after a penalty shoot-out success at the weekend.

The already-crowned champions defeated CSKA Emneth in the final of the League KO Cup after a match which went right to the wire.

The top two teams in the division had finished all square at 2-2 after extra-time of a cracking contest which was watched by a crowd of close to 300 spectators.

Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296836)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296836)

Hillbillies then held their nerve in the shoot-out to run out 4-2 winners after a memorable first season in the league.

A cagey opening had seen Matt Smith and Danny Firth working hard in the centre of midfield to gain control of the contest.

And they took the lead after 25 minutes when young winger Adam Day beat two players before crossing to the back post where Warren McSkelly converted.

Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296865)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296865)

Emneth looked for a way back into the contest but Gedney's back four of Josh Burrowes, Alan Lenihan Jnr, Jordan Kirchin and Alfie Anderson stood strong.

They were helped by the ever-reliable Lewis Elsom in the Gedney goal as the Hillbillies held their one-goal advantage at the break.

Emneth came out for the second half determined to get back on level terms and they equalised shortly after the restart when a good run and cross from Toby Allen set up Jake Miller for a close range finish.

Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296882)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296882)

Gedney didn't let the equaliser affect them and they regained the lead with 10 minutes of the match remaining.

Skipper Harry Grigas went past his marker before delivering an inch-perfect cross for Rob Hitchcock to head home into the top of the Emneth net.

However, the lead proved to be short-lived as Emneth drove home a second equaliser from the edge of the box.

Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296893)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296893)

They then went close to grabbing the winner as a sweetly-struck half-volley from Allen rattled the crossbar to send the tie into extra-time.

An end-to-end extra 30 minutes saw the final touch elude both sides in the last third as the match headed to penalties.

Emneth went first and scored with man-of-the-match McSkelly then slotting home Gedney's first spot kick.

Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296895)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296895)

Emneth regained the lead again with Grigas also successful before CSKA goalkeeper Luke Pearson fired his penalty over the crossbar.

Firth calmly converted Gedney's third penalty to give them the initiative heading into the final two spot kicks.

Allen then hit the crossbar for the second time in the game meaning the Hillbillies would win the cup if they scored their fourth penalty.

Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296897)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296897)

And Hitchcock's powerful penalty proved too strong for Pearson to keep out despite getting a hand on the ball to spark scenes of jubilation in the Hillbillies' camp.

Gedney: Elsom, Burrowes, Anderson, Lenihan Jnr, Kirchin, Day, Firth, Smith, McSkelly, Grigas, Vieira. Subs: McGowan, Hitchcock, Lawrence, Wilson, Slater.

Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296900)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296900)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296903)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296903)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296905)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296905)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296914)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296914)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296922)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296922)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296838)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296838)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296966)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296966)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296971)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296971)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296973)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296973)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296860)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296860)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296858)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296858)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296852)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296852)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296850)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296850)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296848)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296848)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296846)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296846)
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Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296975)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296975)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296977)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56296977)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56297001)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56297001)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56297009)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56297009)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56297011)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56297011)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56297024)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56297024)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56297054)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56297054)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56297063)
Gedney Hillbillies claimed a Sunday League double with victory over CSKA Emneth. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56297063)
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