Shoot-out settles fiery cup tie

John Burchett Challenge Cup round-up

John Burchett Challenge Cup round-up

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Lewis Goodacre scored the crucial penalty as Bridlington Rovers knocked out John Burchett Challenge Cup holders Bridlington Excelsior after a fiery encounter.
Excelsior started the game with nine men, went up to a full complement of 11, but then had Jaimie Chapman and Lee Williamson sent off in the first half an hour.

Despite this, they took the lead when a low cross was diverted into his own net by Daz Anthony.

The defender made amends 10 minutes from time by meeting Craig Robinson’s corner to send the tie into extra time.

Excelsior again took the lead again when Watson latched on to a mistake by Tom Marshall to run clear and finish clinically.

Rovers looke dlike they would struggle to break down the nine men, with Neil Freeman outstanding, but with minutes left captain Jonny Pilmoor forced the ball over the line in a crowded penalty area.

In the shoot-out, Rovers keeper John Booth saved Barrie Tye’s effort, leaving Goodacre to settle matters.

Rovers boss Lee Thomson said: “We didn’t take advantage of the extra men and struggled to play our game. I’m pleased we got through after two terrible tackles.

“They showed no respect and I have no sympathy for them. There’s no place in sport for that.”

Kyle Smith and Craig Webb were the scorers as Burton Agnes booked their place in the last four, winning 2-0 against Stirling Wanderers.

The two Forester Athletic teams had differing fortunes, as the first team trounced Mermaid United Old Boys 5-1, but the second string were beaten 1-0 by Flamborough 2nds.