Bideford AFC under 16s are through to the semi-finals of the Devon Cup after a thrilling penalty shoot-out victory this weekend.
The Robins travelled to Brixington Blues in the quarters on Sunday, where the elevated ‘outer ting tong’ pitch above Exmouth was battered by high winds.
Despite early pressure and possession leading to numerous chances, the Robins were unable to capitalise and were punished for their wastefulness.
The home side made the most of their chances to lead 2-0 by half-time.
Bideford fought back strongly in the second half, though, with Billy Blackburn chesting the ball in from a well placed Ed St John corner and Charlie Webb scoring with a well taken solo effort, assisted by Lewis Setherton.
The tie went to extra time, which failed to produce a winner despite good chances at both ends.
The away side believed that they had clinched it in the final minute when Blackburn lobbed the Blues’ keeper, only for the goal to be disallowed for offside.
The regulation five penalties also failed to separate the two sides and eventually Bideford stopper Will Jaques pulled off a save, extending to his left to deny Brixington.
It was left to Robins captain Ben Floyd to calmly slot the ball into the bottom left corner and send Bideford Under 16s into the semi-finals.
They will face either Bovey Tracy or Plymstock United at The Sports Ground, Bideford on February 1 for a place in the final.