Stamford AFC exit Doodson cup in penalty heart-ache

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Stamford AFC exited the Doodson Cup in their opening game of the competition last night (Tuesday) after losing 4-3 on penalties away at Coalville Town having finished level at 1-1 after 90 minutes.

Stamford took the lead in the cup tie in the 55th minute when Dalton Bettles directed a header from a corner into the net.

However 20 minutes later Coalville’s Liam Kay levelled the scores after he tapped in a rebounded shot from a soft free kick.

The game finished level and went to a set-piece showdown.

Nabil Shariff stepped up first and scored Stamford’s his penalty and the Coalville taker Cam Stuart followed with a successful strike.

Experienced midfielder Jon Challinor stepped up next for the Daniels but sent his spot kick over the bar but Stamford keeper Andy Stevens came to the rescue to save Jake Woolley’s effort.

Michael Built successfully dispatched his penalty but the hosts’ Ollie Brown-Hill were also clinical.

Joe Curtis stepped up next and did his job as did Coalville’s Barry Deacon to make it 3-3.

Stamford’s top scorer Ryan Robbins took the fifth of the night but the striker blazed his kick over the bar.

Coalville’s Josh Morrall stepped up to be the hero for the hosts, who play their league football one division below Stamford, dispatching his penalty to win 4-3.

After the match Robbins said on Twitter: “Not the result we wanted but we keep going. Heads up and go again.”