Spilsby 3 Woodhall Spa 4 (aet)
Spilsby Town the holders of the Willoughby Cup were knocked out of this year’s competition. After coming within seconds of winning the tie in normal time, a harmless shot slipped through the Spilsby goalkeepers hands and after a dramatic melee on the goal line the ball ended up in the net in the 92nd minute for a Woodhall equaliser to make the score 3-3. Extra time was a battle of wills with both teams giving maximum effort to win the game and we were in for another dramatic finale when Woodhall scored in the 115th minute from a defensive mistake to lead 4-3.
Even then, in the final minute Spilsby skipper Pete Sampson nearly equalised with a firm header form a corner but was foiled by a flying save from the Woodhall keeper.
The game had begun promisingly for Spilsby with Adam Dales scoring early on but then succumbed to another defensive mix up to allow Woodhall back into match.
Michael Twigge restored Spilsby’s lead from Smith’s cross after ten minutes of intense pressure from the home side who had two shots cleared off the line and Tuplin missed a sitter from Dale’s accurate cross.
Then came a very controversial moment as Dales dribbled through the Woodhall defence and was quite clearly tripped in the penalty area but inexplicably the referee ruled against a penalty, even the Woodhall defenders were embarrassed about that decision.
Spilsby were now controlling the match and easing nicely towards half time when a clearance from the keeper was charged down by the Woodhall centre forward and ended up in the back of the net for an infuriating ending to the first half.
The second half was a tight affair until the Woodhall keeper tried to be too clever in his own area and was robbed by Dales who put Spilsby 3 -2 up and that looked to be the winner - until the nightmare mistake in the 92nd minute, which sent the holders out of this year’s competition.