Penalty heartache for Ingrow

Master blaster: Phil Dodsworth slams home his spot-kick. Pictures: Elaine Marsh

Pendle Renegades Res 3
Ingrow & Worth Valley Res 3
(Pendle won 3-2 on penalties)

Ingrow hopes of silverware in the Craven League Division Four Cup were dashed in cruel fashion.
After hitting back from two goals down to go ahead, they conceded a last-gasp equaliser and then went out on penalties.
Their only remaining hope of collecting a trophy is in the league, where they are neck-and-neck with Crosshills at the top of the table.
The Steampigs never got out the starting blocks in the first half and were a very disjointed team, unable to play their usual style against a physical and much-changed Pendle team.
With the home ranks boosted by the inclusion of several of their first team, they led 2-0 at half-time.
The second half was much better and Ingrow went looking for a way back.
Incredibly, it all fell into place with Chris Smith, Dan Blakesley and Mick Metcallfe turning things round to lead 3-2.
But, with the last kick off the game, the Steampigs failed to clear the ball after a scramble in the box and Pendle smashed in the equaliser to pave the way to shoot-out success.
Phil Dodsworth and Gary Earl found the net but Blakesley, Matt Masters and Dan Moses all had their spot kicks saved.
Ingrow manager Dave Harman said: “All credit to those lads who came forward to take the penalties but it just wasn’t to be.
“We’ve just got the league to go for now and it’s going to be a exciting last few games to see who finishes top.”

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