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Bridgnorth Town 2 Highgate United 2 (aet Highgate win 5-4 on penalties)

PERRY Cox was the hero for Highgate as he led Peter Frain’s men to a 5-4 penalty shoot-out win over Bridgnorth Town.

PERRY Cox was the hero for Highgate as he led Peter Frain’s men to a 5-4 penalty shoot-out win over Bridgnorth Town.

The impressive stopper saved Grant Joshua’s spot-kick leaving captain Luke Edwards to convert the final penalty and help the visitors progress to the Quarter Finals of the MFA League Cup.

Despite playing some of their best football of the season, Highgate had to wait until the 58th minute for Chris Gummery to fire them ahead.

But their lead was short-lived as Joshua’s strike - the one chance the home side had all game - levelled the scores to send the game into extra-time.

Determined to wrap up the tie Highgate piled forward and were rewarded in the 105th minute when debutant Chris Corrigan converted Gummery’s cross.

Bridgnorth fought back against the run of play when Ravi Sangha converted a 110th minute penalty but Edwards had the last say to give Highgate the win.

Manager Frain was delighted with the win and hopes it helps give his side a confidence boost.

“It was a massive result for us putting us in the quarter finals with a tough home game against Coalville,” he said.

“It would be a massive achievement for us to reach the final.”

Frain is also hoping for a top half finish after an encouraging run of recent results.

“The season is going well at the moment, the lads have started to play some excellent football now, and I think we will get stronger and stronger injuries permitting.

“We are now pushing for a top half finish, never say never in football but I am not at this moment in time worried about a relegation battle.”

 

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