Bromsgrove Sporting 1-1 Nuneaton Town (Penalty Shootout 2-4)
Nuneaton Town fielded a squad that featured eight Academy players as they beat Bromsgrove Sporting in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes.
The game looked destined for penalties as both sides played out a stalemate for until the final minutes. Kairo Mitchell's goal looked like it would be the winner as his 89th minute strike broke the deadlock. Craig Jones headed home from a free kick in stoppage time to send us to penalties.
Regulation passed mostly without incident, Andre Olukanmi and Mitchell troubled the Bromsgrove defence with their pace but chances were at a premium. Langmead marshalled Boro's defence and kept Sporting's front man Jason Cowley relatively quiet. Both keepers had quiet evenings but made good saves when called upon. Elliott Taylor made a magnificent double save in the 55th minute to deny Connor Deards early in the second half. Reece Francis also impressed when called in to action, tipping a Ryan Richmond effort round the post at full-stretch.
As the game looked destined to finish 0-0, Josh Steele pursued the ball furiously and set Olukanmi away down the left. The pacey winger beat his man and pulled the ball back to Mitchell who fired past Francis for what looked sure to be the winner. Bromsgrove didn't let their heads drop and when they won a free kick out wide on the left Jones rose highest to head past Taylor.
Boro' went first in the penalty shootout and Billy Daniels converted to Francis' right. Josh Quaynor levelled before Ryan Richmond restored Nuneaton's advantage. Jason Cowley pulled the sides level again but Kairo Mitchell stepped up to put Boro' 3-2 ahead. Taylor dove to his right and kept out Holt's effort but Jean Jhonnes was foiled by Francis to keep Bromsgrove in touch. Dan Preston sent his spot kick high over the bar which meant that Joel Dielna's penalty won the tie for the Boro'. Nuneaton move on to the quarter-final where they will entertain Walsall.