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Burnham United through on penalties
1:00pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in Sport Latest
Burnham United 4 Bridgwater Town Res 4 AET (Burnham won 5-3 on penalties)
BURNHAM United claimed a big cup victory as they beat Premier Division side Bridgwater Town Reserves after a 4-4 draw at the end of extra-time in the Somerset County Senior Cup.
Nathan Bishop scored twice for United in normal time as the sides drew 2-2 before goals from Steve Leaf and Anthony Cleave dragged United back from 4-2 down.
United named five under-19s in their youthful squad and tried to contain a Bridgwater side looking to use their pace in attack with long balls in channels.
With just four minutes on the clock Bridgwater took the lead through a classy finish after another counter-attack.
For the rest of the first half Bridgwater were on top and could rightly have increased their lead, but they missed chances with some great saves from Will Lamb in goal.
Just before the break Bridgwater did take a chance, going into the break with 2-0 up.
After the break United continued strongly, and despite missing a Hirons penalty they clawed back to 2-2 with two clinical finishes from 17-year-old Nathan Bishop.
Burnham finished well and looked more likely to find the winner with Anthony Cleave, 18, unplayable on the left and 17-year-old Alex Plume dominant at the back.
Bishop was through on goal for his hat-trick when the referee blew the final whistle.
Extra time saw a carbon copy of the first 90 minutes, Bridgwater moving into a 4-2 lead in the first 15 minutes before goals from Leaf and Cleave ensured that the game would be decided from the penalty spot.
Five perfect spot kicks from Leaf, Saunders, Plume, Stevens and Whitfield sent United through to face another Premier Division side, Nailsea Town, away.