MATCH REPORT: St Martins 3-3 AFC Bridgnorth

St Martins came desperately close to clinching a place in the T J Vickers Shropshire County Cup Semi Final, but lost out in a sudden death penalty shoot out to AFC Bridgnorth.

In a cracking cup tie at the Shrewsbury Sports Village, the Saints raced into a two goal lead through goals from Jordan Davies and Karl Bailey, but Bridgnorth came from behind to lead 3-2

Jay Stoker’s penalty then levelled for Saints to bring the score back to 3-3 and took the game into extra time, but they had to play the added 30 minutes without goalkeeper George Ashton, who was injured in a clash at the end of 90 minutes.

Centre forward Tom Ash took over in goal, but with no further scoring the game had to be decided on penalties, and it was the West Midlands Regional League Premier Division side who progressed, winning the shoot out 8-7.

St Martins General Manager Craig Rogers said:

“We started the game well, were on the front foot and the better side. But as soon as they scored shortly before half time, it drained the confidence out of us a bit.

“They got a couple of penalties and it went to 3-2, and then when we did well to get back to 3-3 we lost our goalkeeper.

“To be fair our centre forward Tom Ash did really well in goal during extra time. We probably should be in the final, but we’re not.

“Their goalkeeper was quite impressive tonight, we just didn’t get the breaks we needed and that’s football.

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