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Moulton Harrox are beaten by Wittering Premiair on penalties in the semi-final of the Peterborough Senior Cup




Moulton Harrox suffered penalty shoot-out heartbreak as their hopes of reaching the final of the Peterborough League Senior Cup were dashed on Saturday.

They went down to a 4-3 reversal on spot kicks after their semi-final showdown with Wittering Premiair had finished goalless.

Ian Bradbury saw Harrox's opening penalty saved before Ash Coddington's effort somehow stayed out after hitting both posts as Wittering triumphed to earn a cup final date with Uppingham Town who also won on spot kicks against Peterborough North End.

Action from Moulton Harrox's semi-final clash with Wittering Premiair. Photo: Chris Lowndes. (47908103)
Action from Moulton Harrox's semi-final clash with Wittering Premiair. Photo: Chris Lowndes. (47908103)

Harrox had been hoping to win the competition for first team boss Kev Nottingham who is returning to his role as reserve team manager for next season.

But they found next season's Premier Division newcomers a tough nut to crack open in a game of few clear-cut chances at Pinchbeck United's Knight Street ground.

Moulton were missing their influential midfield trio of skipper Billy King, Dalius Kisla and Andy Law who were all sidelined through injury.

In the first-ever meeting between the club's two senior sides, both teams tested each other in the opening exchanges.

Dec Earth shot over early on for Harrox after some fine midfield play from Alfie Woodward before Lee Croft set up Jack Travers at the other end but he shot straight at Brendan Taylor in the Harrox goal.

Earth charged down a hurried Harriers clearance only for Wittering to recover to rob Bradbury while Travers send another opportunity wide for the visitors.

Action from Moulton Harrox's semi-final clash with Wittering Premiair. Photo: Chris Lowndes. (47908123)
Action from Moulton Harrox's semi-final clash with Wittering Premiair. Photo: Chris Lowndes. (47908123)

Wittering goalkeeper Paul Greenhalgh then made a crucial save to keep out an Earth free-kick that was heading for the bottom corner before Coddington flashed a header wide from a corner.

Travers again tested Taylor from distance before Jamie McFee sent a fierce header wide of the Harrox goal from Simon Farrow's cross.

Moulton were starting to get on top as the first half came to a close with Bradbury and Woodward both going close before Greenhalgh kept out a stinging shot from Earth.

Greenhalgh again excelled early in the second half with his rapid reactions again thwarting Earth before Taylor reacted smartly at the other end to block a Travers raid on his goal.

The closest either side came to breaking the deadlock arrived with 15 minutes remaining when Bradbury worked an opening in the Wittering box only to see his shot rebound to safety off the upright.

The Moulton marksman then had a chance to win it late on only to head over at the back post to send the tie to penalties.

Action from Moulton Harrox's semi-final clash with Wittering Premiair. Photo: Chris Lowndes. (47908058)
Action from Moulton Harrox's semi-final clash with Wittering Premiair. Photo: Chris Lowndes. (47908058)

Greenhalgh saved Bradbury's first effort with Croft successful with Wittering's opener to give the visitors an early advantage.

Joe Townsend and Earth were then both successful for Moulton with James Savage and Lee Booker equally emphatic for Wittering.

Teenager Woodward then kept his nerve to score for Harrox before Taylor saved Spencer Haskins' effort to bring the tie level.

However, Coddington saw his effort hit both posts and stay out which allowed Ash Middleton to step up and score to send Wittering into the final.



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