“Wow, what a game!” – that was Tydd St Mary manager Carl Wilson’s verdict after they won the Spalding Inter Services Cup for the first time.
The lowest ranked team in the competition were underdogs again for Saturday night’s final at Carter’s Park, Holbeach.
The Saints came from 2-0 down to force extra-time and then led twice before winning a penalty shoot-out.
Wilson said: “I couldn’t have asked more of my lads out there.
“They gave it their all and were fantastic. I am so proud of each and every one of them.”
Tydd St Mary, of Division Three in the ChromaSport & Trophies Peterborough and District League, and Division Two side Spalding Town served up a real treat for the record crowd.
However, Town were left wondering how they had managed to lose the game.
They came out of the blocks quickly, took the lead after 10 minutes and went on to dominate the first half.
A loose ball fell to Marcus Parry in the penalty box and he slotted past the keeper.
Tydd huffed and puffed in the first half but had to thank David Cooper in goal for a string of fines saves to keep it 1-0 at the break.
I couldn’t have asked more of my lads out there. They gave it their all and were fantastic. I am so proud of each and every one of them.Carl Wilson
The Tydd management team did their best to rouse the players at half-time but it seemed to have fallen on deaf ears when Spalding Town doubled their advantage soon after the restart.
A long ball from Scott Burrell was latched onto by Parry who went past the keeper.
Parry then rounded the keeper again but this time missed the target when he had the whole goal open and that would have killed the game.
This seemed to be the catalyst for Tydd to wake up and it was game on when Stu Easey audaciously caught Spalding out with a quickly-taken free-kick to score.
Easey had another free-kick in the same spot 10 minutes later which took a wicked deflection, giving the keeper no chance for 2-2.
Town had more chances to win the game in regulation time but it was again Cooper who kept Tydd in it.
In extra-time Tim Lowe was brought down in the penalty area by Jordan Clow. Lowe stepped up and slotted the spot-kick to the keeper’s left for 3-2.
Spalding came back and were level just before the break through substitute Josh Faulkner.
Tydd re-took the lead as some fine work down the left by Dale Parnell saw him deliver a pinpoint cross for Scott Pemberton to slide home for 4-3.
With the final kick of the game Spalding had one last push and scored a great goal to take the match to penalties.
Faulkner was involved again to flick on for Parry to complete his hat-trick from a tight angle.
Tydd won the lottery of the shoot-out 5-3 to deservedly win the cup in this breath-taking, action-packed final.
Tydd’s penalty takers were Lowe, Pemberton, Easey, Paul Clarke and Dan Piccaver.
Spalding Town’s spot-kicks were scored by Tomasz Rabiega, Burrell and Gary Booth.
Faulkner was the player to miss as he attempted to do a stuttered run-up which didn’t quite work as man of the match Cooper stood up and saved the penalty.
Astley, Booth, Broom, Burrell, Clow, Cundy, Haytree, Lambe, Parry, Thorold, Williams. Subs: Faulkner, Grummitt, Kingman, Rabiega, Robinson.
TYDD ST MARY
Clayden, Cooper, Easey, Lowe, Pemberton, Piccaver, Powley, Reims, Slator, Thrower, Tordoff. Subs: Ainslie, Clarke, Furness, Kirkham, Parnell.
Parry (1-0), Parry (2-0), Easey (2-1), Easey (2-2), Lowe pen (2-3), Faulkner (3-3), Pemberton (3-4), Parry (4-4).