Castle hold their nerve in shoot-out to seal cup final spot

Bishops Castle Town's squad, pictured before Monday's thrilling cup semi-final triumph.

Bishops Castle Town's squad, pictured before Monday's thrilling cup semi-final triumph.

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BISHOPS Castle Town held their nerve in a dramatic penalty shoot-out to seal a place in the Mercian League Division One Cup final.

Goalkeeper Jack Perry saved two spot-kicks for Castle in a man-of-the-match display against Wroxeter Rovers in Monday’s semi-final.

Mark Griffiths, Dan Dawson, Dan Green and Chris Hadley converted their spot-kicks to clinch a 4-2 shoot-out success.

Earlier, Luke Mellor and Dawson scored for Castle as the tie finished 2-2 after extra-time.

Andrew Green says his side will now Childs Ercall at the New Bucks Head in the final on Saturday, May 17.

Griffiths netted a hat-trick for Bishops Castle Town in a 4-2 home win over Oswestry Villa in the Mercian League Division One.

Griffiths’ treble included two from the penalty spot and Dawson also got on the scoresheet for Town.

Previously, Griffiths scored and Sam Naden was also on target in a 2-1 midweek win over FC Oswestry in the quarter-finals of the Division One Cup.

Clee Hill United manager Wayne Whitbread was delighted with his side’s display in a 4-1 derby triumph at Brown Clee in Division One.

A brace from James Clifford, Liam Whitbread’s penalty and a strike from Stevie Preece had Hill’s manager jumping for joy.

Manager Whitbread praised the displays from the returning Sammy Watkins and Rob Lewis who played his first game for three seasons.

Whitbread was left with mixed emotions after Hill drew 4-4 at home to Meole Brace, also in Division One. Clifford, Liam Whitbread, Ryan Harper and Preece all scored for Hill who were due to travel to Bishops Castle last night.

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