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Wittering Premiair are through to the final of the Peterborough Senior Cup after a penalty shoot-out victory over Moulton Harrox




Wittering Premiair held their nerve to shoot down Premier Division big guns Moulton Harrox after triumphing on penalties in Saturday's Peterborough Senior Cup semi-final clash.

The Harriers ran out 4-3 winners on spot kicks after the match at Pinchbeck United's Knight Street ground had finished goalless at the end of 90 minutes.

Ash Middleton converted the crucial spot kick after Harriers goalkeeper Paul Greenhalgh had saved Ian Bradbury's first penalty before Ash Coddington saw his effort stay out after hitting both posts.

Action from Moulton Harrox's semi-final clash with Wittering Premiair. Photo: Chris Lowndes. (47908129)
Action from Moulton Harrox's semi-final clash with Wittering Premiair. Photo: Chris Lowndes. (47908129)

Harriers will now face Uppingham Town in the final on Saturday, June 19, aiming to cap a memorable campaign by bringing silverware back to the club.

They will be playing in the Premier Division for the first time in their history next season and Saturday's showing highlighted that they won't be phased by the challenges ahead.

Wittering were missing top scorer Andrew Moss for the semi-final clash while fellow prolific frontman Lee Croft featured despite having surgery on his nose earlier this week.

It would be Croft's last game for Wittering due to a three-year posting overseas with the RAF and his team-mates helped provide the perfect send-off.

They produced an organised, efficient and committed display in a match of few clear-cut chances against an in-form Harrox side.

In the first-ever meeting between the club's two senior sides, both teams tested each other in the opening exchanges.

Action from Moulton Harrox's semi-final clash with Wittering Premiair. Photo: Chris Lowndes. (47908066)
Action from Moulton Harrox's semi-final clash with Wittering Premiair. Photo: Chris Lowndes. (47908066)

Dec Earth shot over early on for Harrox after some fine midfield play from Alfie Woodward before Croft set up Jack Travers at the other end but he shot straight at Brendan Taylor in the Harrox goal.

Earth charged down a hurried Harriers clearance only for Wittering to recover to rob Bradbury while Travers send another opportunity wide for the visitors.

Wittering goalkeeper Paul Greenhalgh then made a crucial save to keep out an Earth free-kick that was heading for the bottom corner before Coddington flashed a header wide from a corner.

Travers again tested Taylor from distance before Jamie McFee sent a fierce header wide of the Harrox goal from Simon Farrow's cross.

Moulton were starting to get on top as the first half came to a close with Bradbury and Woodward both going close before Greenhalgh kept out a stinging shot from Earth.

Greenhalgh again excelled early in the second half with his rapid reactions again thwarting Earth before Taylor reacted smartly at the other end to block a Travers raid on his goal.

Action from Moulton Harrox's semi-final clash with Wittering Premiair. Photo: Chris Lowndes. (47908158)
Action from Moulton Harrox's semi-final clash with Wittering Premiair. Photo: Chris Lowndes. (47908158)

The closest either side came to breaking the deadlock arrived with 15 minutes remaining when Bradbury worked an opening in the Wittering box only to see his shot rebound to safety off the upright.

The Moulton marksman then had a chance to win it late on only to head over at the back post to send the tie to penalties.

Greenhalgh saved Bradbury's first effort with Croft successful with Wittering's opener to give the visitors an early advantage.

Joe Townsend and Earth were then both successful for Moulton with James Savage and Lee Booker equally emphatic for Wittering.

Teenager Woodward then kept his nerve to score for Harrox before Taylor saved Spencer Haskins' effort to bring the tie level.

However, Coddington saw his effort hit both posts and stay out which allowed Middleton to step up and score to send Wittering into the final.



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