FOOTBALL: Spot-on Tigers defeat Tulips after dramatic shoot-out

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Holders Holbeach United reached their second Lincs FA Senior Trophy final in as many years after beating rivals Spalding United 3-2 on penalties at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field on Tuesday night.

A last-gasp Lee Canoville strike had forced the shoot-out, after the Tulips came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 in 90 minutes.

Keeper Michael Emery was the Holbeach hero, saving from Dan Cotton after Andrew Tidswell, Andy Toyne and Rob Hughes scored from the spot.

The Tigers had earlier fired two goals in the opening five minutes, with Toyne lashing home an opener (2) and the returning Jason Turner racing clear to superbly slot past Lee Drury (5).

A deflected Luke Kennedy strike (35) got Spalding back in the South Holland clasico before half time, setting up an exciting-looking second half.

Ben Brown rattled the post as Holbeach looked to kill the tie off, while Cotton smashed a stunning late free kick off the bar.

But just when it looked like the Tigers would hold on, Canoville rifled a low drive into the bottom left corner to set up a dramatic shoot-out.

Tidswell stroked home Holbeach’s first, with Kennedy levelling it up at 1-1. Toyne made no mistake with the Tigers’ second, before Tom James ballooned his effort over the bar.

Mitch Griffiths missed the chance to put Holbeach further ahead as he struck the inside of the post, allowing TJ Nightingale to make it 2-2.

A confident Hughes penalty put Holbeach ahead once again, with Spalding’s Hall then putting his effort wide of the goal.

Lee Drury’s stunning save denied Craig Parker the chance to win it for the Tigers, before Emery pulled off the crucial stop to keep out Cotton and send the visitors through

See Thursday’s Spalding Guardian for a full report, pictures and reaction from both camps.