LYME Regis Rovers progressed to the second round of the Daisy Hutchings Cup after winning a nine-penalty shoot-out in which just one spot kick was converted.
The Rovers were facing Hawkchurch, two divisions above them in the Perry Street League, on the Woodroffe School pitch with honours even at 2-2 after full-time and extra-time.
So it came down to penalties to decide the tie with Hawkchurch missing all five of theirs and Lyme netting just one out of four to book a place in the next round. No one at the Davey Fort could remember a penalty shoot-out like it!
Hawkchurch took control of proceedings in the early stages and went 1-0 up after 20 minutes with a header from a corner.
The Rovers battled back but conceded a second on about 35 minutes before they managed to pull one back. Ollie Alner, proving to be a real asset to Lyme’s third X1 this season, cut in from the right and delivered a good left-foot cross to top scorer Pete Peacock who twisted and somehow struck a mid-air volley past the keeper.
That was the catylist which stirred Lyme into action and saw them produce the better football after trailing 2-1 in the first half.
The equaliser came when Rob Larcombe hooked a cleared corner back into the fray allowing Peacock, with his back to the goal, to sneak in front of the keeper and with his head flick the ball backwards into the goal.
Without about 15 minutes of normal time to go Lyme thought they had a nailed-on penalty when Larcombe was kicked in the head, leaving stud marks and plenty of blood, but the referee gave a free-kick for a high boot.
Fin McLean then hit the post from a free-kick and Lyme had a good shout for a blatant handball by the Hawkchurch skipper, who was already on a yellow card, and Jack Turner was lucky to escape punishment for a last-man tackle.
The Rovers started to tire as play went into extra-time, but Alner hit the post in the first period and McLean missed a great chance with a one-on-one with the visiting keeper in the last five minutes.
With no first team game club manager, Gerard Hitchcock came on for the second half of extra-time for a rare excursion on the right wing.
With the game now having to be decided on penalties, Hawkchurch missed their first four penalties with three Lyme players – McLean, Johnny Day and Cam Fowler – doing likewise. Peacock, not the greatest of penalty-takers despite his scoring prowess, then converted his and Hawkchurch missed their fifth.
Peacock deservedly got the man-of-the-match accolade, closely followed by the Lyme keeper, Robbie Prior, who saved two penalties, and the centre-back pairing of Jack Turner and Toby Fowler.
This coming Saturday Lyme Rovers are away to Winsham United Reserves who are lying in second place in the Perry Street Division Three.