Written by Andrew Morris (Westfields FC)
Westfields were given a hard fight by visiting Sporting Club Inkberrow in the quarter final of the HFA County Senior Challenge Cup when Westfields drew 2-2 after 90 minutes and went through after a breath-taking penalty shoot-out in which Westfields won 12-11 after a mammoth penalty parade.
Westfields got off to a tremendous start when they scored in only the 5th minute when danger-man Archie Muirhead put Westfields ahead but then they created an enormous amount of chances which went awry when both Joel Owusu, Dan Stoneman and Greg Preece all had good opportunities to increase the lead.
Instead of that Westfields went in at the break with a slender 1-0 lead and Inkberrow came out in the second half and scored an early equaliser in the 53rd minute.
Westfields then restored their lead when Dan Stoneman put them 2-1 ahead but in a grandstand finish Sporting Club Inkberrow scored an injury-time goal to take the tie to a penalty shoot-out.
In a dramatic shoot-out both sides missed one each of their opening 5 penalties and the game then went to sudden death in which Matt Apperley saved the 8th Inkberrow sudden-death penalty to become the hero of the night.
Westfields now go through to the semi final of the County Senior Challenge Cup along with Fownhope, Hereford Pegasus and Hereford Lads Club.
Westfields currently hold the record for the amount of times a club has won the Herefordshire County Senior Challenge Cup title but last night’s victory was certainly taken to the wire by a good strong Sporting Club Inkberrow side.
Westfields now meet Chipping Sodbury Town on Saturday at allpay.park, kick-off 3pm, in the Hellenic League Premier Division and next Tuesday they are back in cup action when they visit Lydney Town in the Hellenic League Challenge Cup second round tie, having beaten Hereford Pegasus in the earlier round.