The Peacocks exited the Isuzu FA Trophy at the first hurdle after narrowly losing out to Welling United in a penalty shoot-out this evening, the 2nd Round Proper tie having ended 2-2 after normal time.

Town were close to taking a 5th minute lead when Austen Booth’s header hit the bar before the hosts broke the deadlock two minutes before the break when Kain Adom drilled home a first time strike from 25 yards. The Peacocks ended their goal drought on 52 minutes when Ross Stearn equalised from the penalty spot following a challenge by Welling keeper Javarn Pitterson on Ollie Chamberlain before another spot kick looked to have settled the tie in Welling’s favour five minutes from time after Crossley Lema was tripped in the box by Jay Foulston and Tristan Abrahams fired home. However, substitute Malachi Linton bundled the visitors level on 88 minutes, with his side nearly snatching victory during stoppage time. Both sides were successful with their first four penalties before Foulston missed for Town and Dan Lavercombe saved Enoch Muwonge’s attempt to send it to sudden death. Three more efforts apiece were converted until Booth saw his kick saved and Rob Howard scored to put the Wings through 8-7.

Full match review is HERE