Hucknall Town progress on penalties in Keyworth Floodlit Cup tie

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Hucknall Town needed penalty kicks to progress in the Central Midlands League Floodlit Cup after a 2-2 draw at Keyworth United last night.

The weather was again a major factor with a strong swirling wind making things difficult.

Town made several changes due to work and injury and left top scorer Niall Thompson on the bench.

Town kicked up into the wind and were coping well and should have been 2-0 up as Aaron Evans spurned two chances.

Keyworth were offering very little other than knocking the ball long but late in the half on took the lead after Cameron Davidson appeared to be fouled and lose possession and Keyworth hit a wind-assisted shot which flew passed the static James Beddingham in the Hucknall goal.

A mix up between Beddingham and Dave Leak then gave Keyworth a fortuitous two goal lead as Leak’s passback wrong-footed Beddingham.

However, Town came out in the second half and played some good football with Keyworth reduced to the occasional foray into Town’s half .

Michael Banister pulled a goal back with a good run and finish before Niall Thompson was introduced and scored the equaliser.

In between both goals Adam Nelson had two opportunities to put the tie beyond Keyworth, but missed a one-on-one and a free header.

The game went into extra-time with Town going close through Tom Crisp and Thompson and Keyworth’s keeper made two good saves from Nelson.

Extra time finished all square before Beddingham made two good saves to give the Yellows the upper hand in the penalty shoot-out.

Thompson, Danso and Leak were all successful before Elliott Pitt’s effort was saved, but Davidson took his well to put Town into the quarter-finals.

Boss Andy Graves said: “It was another good performance in difficult conditions which was pleasing.

“We gave Keyworth a couple of goals start, but we were confident we would pull them back and go on to win comfortably which we should have done if we had taken some gilt-edged chances in normal time.

“James did well in the shoot-out and we took some good penalties.”

HUCKNALL TOWN: James Beddingham, Cayne Maxwell (Josh Henry), Dave Leak, Kajally Danso, Tom Crisp, Montell Gatland (Adam Nelson), Michael Banister, Camron Davidson, Elliott Pitt, Ben Waplington (Niall Thompson), Aaron Evans. Sub not used: Myles Gorey.

HUCKNALL MAN OF THE MATCH: Kajally Danso.