Patchway miss out on final after shootout agony
TAVERNERS will contest the final of the David Wilson Homes Gloucestershire County League Les James Cup after their penalty shootout victory over Patchway.
However, the other semi-final between Bishop's Cleeve Reserves and King's Stanley was postponed.
Goalkeeper Duane Portlock was the hero for Taverners, saving two spot-kicks to give his side a 4-3 victory on penalties after the game finshed 1-1.
The visitors took an 18th-minute lead from the penalty spot after Patchway goalkeeper Martin Alford brought down Ollie Portlock and Jamie Bish converted from 12 yards. Rory Gardiner and Tom Burridge both had opportunities to extend the margin before the hosts drew level ten minutes into the second period.
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Taverners could only half-clear a corner and Sam Davis drove the loose ball through a crowd and into the net for the equaliser.
In the shootout, each side converted their first two kicks before Alford saved from Luke Bedwell, but Duane Portlock responded with a stop from John Pugsley.
The next three penalties were converted to give the visitors a 4-3 advantage before Portlock denied Matt Webb to send the Nailsworth side through.
Just two games beat the weather in the league, with Hanham coming from two goals down to beat Chipping Sodbury 3-2, while Henbury triumphed 1-0 at Thornbury.
Sodbury took command of their game with Karl Reece giving them a one-goal half-time lead and Justin Cattle doubling the advantage.
However, Jack Baber halved the deficit and then scored a superb 25-yard free-kick. Hanham substitute James Shipman then broke clear to round the Sodbury goalkeeper and roll in the winner.