Stroud Charity Cup
Wotton 2 Cam 2 (Wotton won 5-4 on penalties)
NINETY minutes was not enough to decide the winner of this first round Stroud Charity cup game between Wotton Rovers and last season's Northern Senior League Division One champions Cam Bulldogs.
A young Wotton team came out of the blocks brightly and could have been a goal up within the first minute as Andy Sheppard rattled the crossbar from the edge of the area.
It was Sheppard who broke the deadlock after a lovely flowing move resulted in a perfect ball from Cameron Pring. Sheppard looked up, sent the keeper the wrong way and slotted the ball into the corner.
Cam got back into the game and within minutes of going a goal down they were back level when Eddie Hanbury in the Wotton goal failed to deal with an Aaron Booth shot and could only help it on its way into the net.
The next turning point in the game came after a dazzling run from Lee Williams, who was hacked down in the box and the referee had no option but to give the home side a penalty. Williams stepped up but, not for the first time, Ben Jagger in the Cam goal pulled off an outstanding save to keep the scores level.
The second half started a lot more evenly but a Simon Graham clearance fell into the path of Sheppard, who beat the back four for pace before rounding Jagger and slotting into the empty net.
Cam came from behind once again with Adam Philp's first meaningful contribution as he beat the defence and smashed the ball home to send the tie to penalties.
The first three takers for both teams scored and both sides missed one after the statutory five penalties.
In sudden death, Ben Smith confidently sent Jagger the wrong way before Eddie Hanbury saved Cam's spot kick and put Wotton through to the second round.
Star man: Eddie Hanbury.