King's Lynn Town ladies pay the penalty against Wroxham in County Cup
King’s Lynn Town Ladies 2
(Wroxham win 4-3 on penalties)
King’s Lynn Town Ladies bowed out of the Norfolk Women’s County Cup on Sunday, losing a heartbreaking penalty shoot out 4-3 against Wroxham.
In front of an encouraging crowd of 156 at The Walks, the opening 40 minutes saw both sides creating few openings with Lynn more than matching their higher-level opponents.
Shortly before the interval the visitors took the lead.
However, with first-half time quickly running out Tiff Forshaw levelled things up with a fantastic 30-yard strike from the angle, which left the visiting goalkeeper with no chance.
The second half was again an even affair with both teams working hard in an attempt to win the game.
With 15 minutes remaining, the home team thought they had done just that as captain Becky Russell struck a stunning 40-yard drive past the keeper with the help of the underside of the bar to send The Walks into raptures.
With time rapidly running out, Wroxham grabbed an equaliser following a fumble by keeper Bryony Robinson.
Both teams were now tiring in the difficult conditions and despite further chances at both ends there was no further addition to the score meaning the match would be decided on penalties.
Missed efforts from Jodie Hopkins and Katie Ward allowed Wroxham to win the shoot-out and progress to the quarter-finals of the county competition.
A disappointing end to the game for the home team, who lost in the final last season, but they will take heart from a fine, hardworking performance against higher level opposition.
All at the club would like to place on record their thanks to all who turned out to support them on Sunday.