Farnham Exit The Premier Challenge Cup 8-7 On Penalties.
A quick trivia question.
Who were the first English side to win a penalty shoot-out?
Manchester United against Hull City in the 1970 Watney Cup.
Which, no doubt, will have younger readers scratching their heads in confusion.
What was the Watney Cup?
What, indeed, was Watneys?
And, of course, what has happened to Man Utd’s penalty takers?
All valid questions, but ones we don’t have time for here.
For this was yet another night of penalty heartbreak for Farnham Town.
Having taken the lead through, almost inevitably, Josh Ogunseye, scoring his 25th (yes, that’s 25!) goal of the season, the Town were pegged back on the stroke of half time when, from a free kick on the Farnham left, Louis Taylor was allowed to turn in the Town area and lift his shot into the net.
Currently top of the Cherry Red Records Combined Counties Premier North, Hanworth Villa represented a tough test for the Town, and it’s to their credit that they kept parity with their opponents in a tight second half.
And so, with no extra time, we went to penalties.
Which is where, with shades of Tim Krul in 2014, the Villains played their ace.
On came substitute ‘keeper Terry Buss and it would be his save, with the scores level at 7-7, that would be crucial, setting up Dapo Abitongun to score the Villiains’ eighth and send them through to the next round.
This was a tough test for the Town and, although they are out of the cup, the nature of the performance will hold them in good stead when they travel to table topping Beckenham Town on Saturday.
Vive la revolution!
MOTM : Josh Ogunseye
The Town’s next home match is the Aldershot Senior Cup game against Hartley Wintney on Tuesday 15 February. Kick off 7.45pm