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Fosters make Beavers pay penalty

By Rob Overfield

42 penalties in the shoot out, but Beavers go out.

The Beavers bowed out of the Middlesex FA Charity Cup against Cockfosters after a marathon penalty shoot out that might yet be worth remembering!

Dowse chose to give fringe players and some of the Academy a run out, with goalkeeping coach Adrian Blake make a return to competitive Hampton duty, back between the posts at the age of 52 years old.

Joe Hicks gave the Beavers a great start on 6 minutes to give them the upper hand but the Fosters got a goal back on 31 minutes through Kieran Asamadu-Sakyi to enter half time at 1 apiece.

Blake had to perform a few heroics to keep the Beavers in the game as Cockfosters made light of the difference between the two teams in the second half and in the end, it was probably the Beavers who were most relieved to hear the final whistle and so the game had to go to penalty kicks.

The scores were level at 17 successful kicks each when Rylan Myers stepped up to the spot but Fosters keeper Austin Byfield saved the attempt as nerves were jangling throughout the 22 on the pitch.

Courtney Lawrence stepped up, knowing that he could win it for the Fosters. Keeping his nerve, he struck his kick past Blake to give them the victory after 42 kicks had been taken and the Fosters finally ending up 18-17 winners.

This scoreline is currently being checked with the FA at Wembley to see where it stands in the UK amongst long shoot outs and if the 35 successful kicks ranks in England's longest.

Updated 14:18 - 25 Mar 2016 by Ryan Allen

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