FOOTBALL - Droitwich Spa bow out of Senior Cup after penalty shootout defeat against Kidderminster - The Droitwich Standard

FOOTBALL - Droitwich Spa bow out of Senior Cup after penalty shootout defeat against Kidderminster

Aaron Sutcliffe 9th Jan, 2024 Updated: 11th Jan, 2024   0

DROITWICH Spa valiantly bowed out of the Worcestershire Senior Cup following a penalty shootout defeat against National League side Kidderminster Harriers.

The Saltmen twice came from behind to take the game to penalties as Connor Collins scored in either half to cancel out goals from Kobe Hall and Zak Brown.

However, Harriers stopper Tom Palmer saved from Archie Woodall and Perry Moss in the shootout as Spa exited the competition at the quarter-final stage on front of 739 spectators at the King George Playing Fields.

Kidderminster fielded a strong side which featured a smattering of first team players including Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain brother of former England and Liverpool star Alex.

Harriers have lifted the Senior Cup 27 times and last won the trophy in 2016/17 but have struggled on the pitch this term with the club bottom of the National League some five levels above Spa.

Despite Kidderminster dominating the ball early on, Spa had the game’s first chance when Collins saw his header tipped around the post by Palmer from Luke Molloy’s cross.

And Harriers then forced Dom Rogerson into an acrobatic save at the other end as the Droitwich stopper pushed Hall’s header behind for a corner.

However, the visitors broke the deadlock on 28 minutes when Hall smashed home in off the right-hand post from inside the penalty area.

Andy Crowther’s side won a penalty soon after when Moss collided with Harriers keeper Palmer as the pair raced to collect Cory Rudd’s through ball.

And Collins duly dispatched the resulting spot kick into the bottom right corner on 41 minutes despite Palmer guessing the right way.

The visitors reclaimed the lead on 53 minutes when Hall headed the ball through to Brown who finished at the second attempt after Rogerson made a fine initial save.

However, Droitwich responded almost straight from the restart as Collins headed in Moss’s superb cross from the left after the striker was left unmarked at the back post.

And Spa almost took the lead soon after when Woodall headed Molloy’s corner from the right inches past the post with neither side able to find a winner in regulation time, sending the game to penalties.

For Spa, Collins, Molloy and Jack Brighton all found the net before Palmer saved Woodall’s spot kick diving to his right with Kidderminster still perfect after three penalties.

Droitwich keeper Rogerson got a hand to Brown’s penalty but was unable to prevent the ball from crossing the line before Moss saw his effort saved to the keeper’s left as Spa suffered a quarter-final exit.


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