Moulton Harrox goalkeeper saves four penalties to send his side through to last eight of the Junior Cup
Goalkeeper Brendan Taylor was Moulton Harrox's hero after saving four penalties to help his side through to the quarter finals of the Lincolnshire FA Junior Cup.
Harrox were taken the distance by unbeaten Lincolnshire League leaders Hykeham Town who twice came from behind to take the game to penalties at Broad Lane where the home side finally went through 5-4 on spot kicks.
The visitors thought they were in front on 15 minutes when a Marlon Grundy corner was slid goalwards by Callum Ward, only for the referee to rule that the ball had not crossed the line.
Harrox then had a chance of their own when a Billy Smith corner was headed wide by defender Ashley Coddington.
But the home side did take the lead after 22 minutes when striker Ian Bradbury's turn and shot somehow managed to beat Hykeham keeper Phil Migann.
It was the cue for Hykeham to show why they are unbeaten in league competition as they applied pressure on Taylor's goal.
But the equaliser only came after Harrox full back Phil Groves was sent off for a professional foul from which Hykeham took advantage by scrambling in the leveller just three minutes from the end of normal time.
Declan Earth put Harrox back in front during the first period of extra time before Hykeham equalised again during the second extra 15 minutes of play, meaning the quarter finalist from this game would be decided by penalties.
Harrox eventually won 5-4 after sudden death penalties and manager Kev Nottingham said: "We were up against a very good side who were quite mobile and passed the ball well.
"Their equaliser before the end of normal time was a bit of a blow for us and then they equalised again in the second period of extra time, so the game went to penalties.
"Our keeper was superb for us, saving four penalties, and we're pleased to have gotten Hykeham out of the way."
. Crowland Town are also through to the last eight after a 9-0 win over Boston League side Fishtoft at Snowden Field.
Striker Harry Grigas scored a hat-trick for Crowland, Ethan Allen got two and the other goals came from Danny Firth, with a penalty after captain Matty Smith was fouled in the box, Peter Fox, Jamie Beeken and Reece Crane.
The draw for the quarter finals of the competition, sponsored by SR Sports Therapy, is due to take place next week.
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