Uppingham Town defeat Wittering Premiair in the final of the Peterborough Senior Cup
Uppingham Town completed a hat-trick haul of penalty shoot-out successes to lift the Peterborough Senior Cup on Saturday night.
The Rutland side had seen their cup final with Wittering Premiair finish all square after Town's two-goal lead had been wiped out by the Premier Division newcomers.
But, like their previous round victories over Stamford Bels and Peterborough North End, Town held their nerve to triumph on spot kicks with goalkeeper Tom Hubbard again starring with two penalty saves.
Uppingham got off to a flying start as they took a fourth minute lead when Rob Montgomery tapped home a Callum O'Berg cross.
Ollie Lewin then linked up well with Montgomery only to shoot over before Hubbard excelled at the other end with a superb save to finger-tip away a goalbound shot from Andrew Moss.
Uppingham doubled their advantage after 20 minutes when Rob Forster converted from close range but the two-goal advantage was shortly halved by Harriers when they were awarded a penalty which Moss confidently converted.
Robbie Pearce had a good chance to restore Town's lead on the half-hour mark but shot over when well placed before Hubbard again saved well to keep out a Jack Travers effort.
Montgomery went close for Town with a header from a corner as the two sides continued to trade blows before the half-time interval.
Travers flashed a shot wide for Wittering early in the second period before Forster raced clear only to be denied in a one-on-one by Harriers goalkeeper Paul Greenhalgh.
Wittering defender Lee Booker then produced a crucial goalline clearance to thwart Forster before Greenhalgh's unconventional stop denied Pearce in another Town opening.
Uppingham's inability to kill off a battling Wittering side then gave the Harriers renewed hope as the game entered its final stages.
Hubbard spilled a cross but did well to recover and make a brave save before Forster could have clinched it for Town only to shoot wide in a one-on-one.
Harriers then took their chance with just six minutes remaining as an inswinging corner clipped the crossbar and Travers was first to react and bundle home the rebound.
There was still time for Uppingham to create another good opening but Forster headed straight at Greenhalgh from Ben Easson's free-kick to send the tie to penalties.
Harry Bains scored Town's opener with Hubbard then saving Booker's effort to give Uppingham an early advantage.
Montgomery then fired his effort over with Luke Smith scoring for Wittering to restore parity.
O'Berg hit the post with Town's next effort and, with Moss converting, Wittering were now in the box seat.
Josh Porter got Town back on level terms with Hubbard then saving James Savage's effort to make the score even again.
Easson converted Town's final penalty leaving Ash Middleton needing to score for Wittering.
Middleton had converted the winning spot kick in Wittering's semi-final shoot out success over Moulton Harrox but this time sent his effort against the crossbar to send the Town team into raptures.
The victory for Uppingham marked a fine finish to their campaign and ensured silverware for boss Paul Sheehan in his first season at the helm.
Sheehan took over at the end of September and, despite losing his first match in charge against Stilton, has been unbeaten ever since.
They went five games unbeaten before the Premier Division season was curtailed and then reeled off six successive wins in the group campaign of the Senior Cup before their treble of shoot-out triumphs.
While losing a shoot-out is always hard to take, Wittering have won many plaudits for their performances this season.
Although a cup success would have crowned a superb campaign for the runaway Division One leaders, their performances in the cup competition suggest that Harriers will more than hold their own in next season's historic first season in the top flight.