PENALTY-shootout heartache hit Linby Colliery Welfare Reserves as they crashed out of the Notts Senior League (NSL) Junior Cup at the hands of Ruddington Reserves.
Ruddington top Linby’s Notts Senior League Division Two and hammered the locals 4-1 in September. But the tie finished 1-1 after normal and extra time.
From the spot, Glenn Guyatt saved a Rudd kick before Sean O’Neill smashed against the bar. When sudden death arrived, Linby’s Simon Martin was denied before the visitors sealed their ticket to the semis.
Earlier in the clash, Linby had taken the lead on 32 minutes when a corner was half-cleared to Tom Endy, who hit a peach of a shot into the bottom corner.
But Rudd equalised on the hour through the prolific Sam Dunstan.
HIGH-flying Rolls Leisure Reserves made it nine wins on the spin with a 3-2 win over West Bridgford in Division One of the NSL.
A determined and spirited display paid dividends and yielded all three points and with games in hand, the club’s second team are hot on the heels of the leaders and still competing in the cup.
Both teams showed their intentions with from the off in this attack-minded encounter but it was Bridgford who broke the deadlock in a goalmouth scramble as the ball bounced off Alec Morton and past the diving Neil Waters despite the returning Steff Rodgers adding stability to the defence.
But there was no panic and with Aaron Potter and Danny Gamble causing problems, Rolls were on level terms through Joe Hunt.
However, soon after the break they were behind again as Jurgen Charlesworth made an excellant run frommidfield and pushed in past Waters at the near post.
Undeterred, Rolls approached another comeback with gusto and when Potter picked up a delicious through pass, they drew level with a lashed strike. It was left to Gaz Hayes to finally put Rolls in front when he controlled the ball on his chest and volleyed for what proved to be the winner.