Penalty heartache for London Colney

Jon Clements (in red) saw his second-half penalty saved. Picture: JIM WHITTAMORE

Jon Clements (in red) saw his second-half penalty saved. Picture: JIM WHITTAMORE - Credit: Archant

London Colney missed out on a place in a cup final in heartbreaking circumstances – losing on penalties to Hoddesdon Town.

With their Dudley Latham Memorial Premier Division Cup match tied at 0-0 after 90 minutes, penalties were used to decide the outcome.

But Colney could only convert one of their four attempts from 12 yards, giving the hosts a 3-1 win.

The Blueboys had a brilliant chance to win the game in normal time, again from the penalty spot, but Jon Clement’s second-half effort was well saved by Lee Robinson.

The Lilywhites keeper was in fine form throughout the game, making a number of good stops.

Dan Power was the first to test Robinson, before Greg Shaw’s drive was tipped over the top.

Tom Smith finally beat Robinson with a header but found the woodwork in just as mean a mood.

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Both teams converted their first penalties in the shoot-out, Smith for the Blueboys, before Colney were given hope when Tommy Wade blazed wide for Town.

However Robinson would prove to be Colney’s nemesis once again, saving the next three from Charlie Smith, Danny Fitzgerald and Sam Doolan to send Hoddesdon through to the final.

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