Colney Heath and St Albans City both enjoyed special victories on a great night for the clubs in the Herts Senior Challenge Cup.

St Albans thumped Hitchin Town 6-0 at Clarence Park to move into the quarter-finals and a meeting at home to either Potters Bar Town or Stevenage.

Shaun Jeffers was once again the scourge of the Canaries, his four goals in this one means he has now scored eight in three appearances against the Southern League Premier Division Central side.

Ibby Akanbi had put them in front with the fifth goal of the evening coming courtesy of Kieran Gauthier.

It was Saints biggest win in the competition since 2006 when they beat Royston Town by the same score.

Herts Advertiser: Billy Owen scored the crucial late equaliser for Colney Heath at Hemel Hempstead. Picture: LINDA BABAIEBilly Owen scored the crucial late equaliser for Colney Heath at Hemel Hempstead. Picture: LINDA BABAIE (Image: Linda Babaie)

That success though was eclipsed by a memorable evening for the Spartan South Midlands League Magpies.

They sent National League South Hemel Hempstead Town tumbling out of the last eight on their own pitch, winning 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out after a 2-2 draw in 90 minutes.

Ollie Lawford, George Sippetts, Billy Owen and Jordan Kinoshi all scored from 12 yards in the shoot-out while crucially only Erald Desa and Myles Judd scored for Hemel, Brad Roberts and Alfie Matthews both missing.

The 90 minutes produced plenty of drama too.

The Magpies took the lead on 12 minutes when a run into the box by Billy Owen was stopped unfairly by Judd.

Sippetts did the rest to beat James Taylor and put Heath 1-0 up.

The advantage didn't last long though, just two minutes in fact, as a poor clearance by Connor Sansom was pounced on by Kaylen Hinds.

Both teams had chances after this, Sippetts and Sam Ejjayha going closest for the Magpies, but it was Hemel who went into the break in front, Kombe Kawimbe scoring from close range in stoppage time.

Colney lost Bradley Dixon-Smith at the start of the second half, replaced by Kai Thomas-Fraser, but they still give it a go to get back on level terms.

It looked like they would be left frustrated but just three minutes from the end of normal time, they found the breakthrough.

Owen worked hard down the right wing to win a corner kick and when that was drilled low across the edge of the six yard box, Owen was there to sweep home an equaliser.

Amazingly there was still time for Hemel to hit the bar, the post and miss an open goal before Colney had their moment of glory in the shoot-out.

They are the first team into the last four with the draw still to be made.