Wisbech United take cup spoils against March Rangers Reserves on penalties.
CAMBS LOWER JUNIOR CUP, NORTH SECTION, ROUND 1 March Rangers Reserves 2 Wisbech United 2 (Wisbech United won 6-5 on penalties) WISBECH United took the spoils in what turned out to be a tight match against March Rangers Reserves at Estover Park. It looked
CAMBS LOWER JUNIOR CUP, NORTH SECTION, ROUND 1
March Rangers Reserves 2 Wisbech United 2
(Wisbech United won 6-5 on penalties)
WISBECH United took the spoils in what turned out to be a tight match against March Rangers Reserves at Estover Park.
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It looked far from being a close encounter though in the first half, with Rangers' goalkeeper Andy Hicks making several good saves to keep them in the reckoning.
United, who ply their trade in the North-West Norfolk League Division Two, took a 1-0 lead into half-time thanks to a goal from striker Dayne Moore after 20 minutes.
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They doubled their lead just nine seconds into the second half, when midfielder Dave Saunders caught the Rangers defence cold and played through striker Stuart Robinson to score.
United pushed for a third goal to seal the win, but eventually sat back - and goals from Rangers' Jason Harrison and Jermaine Watson took the tie into extra time.
Both teams pushed for a winner in extra time, with United wasting chances and Rangers hitting the crossbar, but neither team could grab a winner.
Penalties decided the tie, with United keeper Daniel Ryan saving a sudden death spot kick.
However, it was Hicks' performance in the Rangers goal which received praise from both teams.
Rangers' manager Eric Rowell said: "I'm proud of all the players because they really did battle, but Andy had a blinding game. He pulled off three or four real top class saves. He proved he is one hell of a shot-stopper."
United captain Mark Norris added: "Their goalkeeper was outstanding, absolutely awesome. He really kept them in it at times in the first half."
United will play Thorney in round two of the cup, but turn their attention back to the North-West Norfolk League tomorrow (Saturday) with a game against Marham Wanderers. They will be looking for revenge after losing 2-1 at Marham three weeks ago.
Rangers, currently mid-table in the Kershaw League Division 5C, are in cup action again tomorrow with an away fixture against Chatteris Town A in the first round of the Reg Haigh and Arthur Peck Cup.