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Gayton United suffer spot-kick agony against Wells Town in the Junior Cup

Gayton United bowed out of the Junior Cup on penalties at the semi-final stage after a tense battle with Senior football-bound Wells Town.

The sides were inseparable in 90 minutes after Matty Prudence’s strike had cancelled out Wells’ early opener.

Gayton welcomed back skipper James Miller, midfielder Sam Loomes and goalkeeper Jacob Gyton to the side after all three missed their quarter-final victory.

Penalty shoot-out disappointment for Gayton United. Picture: Tim Smith. (48016317)
Penalty shoot-out disappointment for Gayton United. Picture: Tim Smith. (48016317)

The game started in typical frenetic style with so much at stake and, although Gayton started slightly better, it was the visitors who took the lead when the big striker latched onto a rebound to fire home.

Gayton found the Wells goalkeeper in superb form, denying both Chez Rust and Keiran Nurse in quick succession.

Matty Prudence cut inside and fired through the goalkeeper’s’ legs to level the scores two minutes before the interval.

The second half was even with both sides having chances, Rust and Prudence went close for the hosts, while Wells hit the crossbar and had a goal ruled out for offside.

The game drifted towards penalties where Wells progressed thanks to five very well-taken penalties, combined with an excellent save from the Wells goalkeeper to keep out Nurse’s spot kick.

The Matchday sponsor Kevin Moulton Heating & Plumbing Ltd man-of-the-match was Adrian Hill.

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