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Penn & Tyles Green FC First Team go out of Wycombe Senior Cup in first round

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Andreas Latta

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Penn & Tyles Green FC First Team go out of Wycombe Senior Cup in first round

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Penn & Tylers Green went out of the Wycombe senior cup on penalties to Spartan League division two side Aston Clinton. The game was only two minutes in when Penn mounted an attack from the right-hand side and a good cross was met by the incoming Fred Tripp who blazed over from six yards. After eight minutes Jamie West had a shot from 20 yards which the Aston Clinton goalkeeper did well to save at the second attempt. On ten minutes Aston Clinton, who were now beginning to find their feet in the game stormed forward through the Penn midfield and a right-wing cross was not dealt with by the Penn defence and the Aston Clinton forward took the early Christmas present and slotted home with confidence from 8 yards.

The game ebbed and flowed with both teams carving out chances and on twenty-five minutes Aston Clinton drove forward and after a good one two on the edge of the Penn box, the resulting shot was well saved with his feet by Matt Cannings in the Penn goal. A let off for Penn. Then on twenty-seven minutes Penn worked the ball out to Jordan Gumbs who sent over a sublime cross to the far post for the on-rushing Casey Bocarro to expertly volley into the far corner across the helpless Aston Clinton goalkeeper. 1- 1, game on. Both teams continued to carve out chances and Matt Cannings had to be alert on a couple of occasions to keep out Aston Clinton efforts. On 55 minutes George Weller had a close-range effort brilliantly save by the Aston Clinton goalkeeper.

After 60 minutes Aston Clinton hit the far post with a floated free kick from the right wing. Two minutes later Matt Cannings made another save from the through run on goal by the oncoming Aston Clinton forward. After 65 minutes, the breakthrough came for Penn when George Weller after an excellent flowing move, was upended in the six-yard box and he duly dusted himself down and dispatched the penalty with aplomb low to the goalkeepers left who dived the wrong way. This should have been enough to win the match and as the minutes ticked away Penn had the opportunity to clear the ball from midfield over the houses and into Penn Pond, but hesitation allowed Aston Clinton to charge forward for one last effort and from a right wing cross the centre forward executed a looping header from the edge of the penalty area up and over the stranded Matt Cannings in the Penn goal. 90 minutes, 2-2.

So, from having the game won, Penn conceded in the last minute and the referees whistle almost immediately after Aston Clinton’s equalizer signalled the dreaded penalty shoot-out. Penn disastrously missed their first two penalties so had a mountain to climb, but still took the shoot out to the last penalty which Aston Clinton dispatched to win 4-3 on penalties.

So, a disappointing day for Penn, with probably too many players having an off day, but all credit to Aston Clinton who came and played well and overall probably deserved to win. One for Penn to take on the chin and regroup (and they will) and look forward to next week’s game, a “juicy” top of the table clash at home to new boys Virginia Water. Kick Off 3 pm.

Team: M. Cannings, J. Gumbs, J. Harding, J-J. Lofthouse-Smith, J. Fox, A. Harman, A. Davies, G. Weller, C. Bocarro, J. West, F. Tripp Subs: A. Bradley for A. Harman, D. Blatchford, J. Gumbs, B. Holland