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Shootout heaven and hell for Willie Clemons and Kole Hall

Willie Clemons’s Braintree Town have advanced to the fourth round of the Isuzu FA Trophy (File photograph)

Bermuda team-mates Willie Clemons and Kole Hall endured mixed fortunes in the third round of the Isuzu FA Trophy this week.

Clemons and his Braintree Town team-mates prevailed 5-4 on penalties in a tight cup tie against Farnborough FC with the forward converting from the spot during the shootout.

However, Hall’s Chester crashed out of the competition after losing to Vanarama National League North rivals Farsley Celtic 5-4 on penalties with the Bermuda forward grabbing a late equaliser to send the tie to extra time.

Midfielder Clemons and his team-mates made the perfect start at Easy As HGV Stadium when Kyran Clement put them ahead in the 20th minute.

The hosts pressed on and were eventually rewarded through Freddie Grant’s equaliser thirteen minutes from full time to set up a wild finish.

Jack Cawley then restored Town’s lead two minutes from time only for Farnborough's Reggie Young to bring the teams level again in the 90th minute and send the game to extra time and ultimately penalties.

Clemons and his team-mates will now face National League side Eastleigh in the next round at The Silverlake Stadium on January 14.

Elsewhere, Hall and his team-mates were forced to chase the game at The Citadel after Jimmy Spencer put the hosts ahead in the 40th minute.

Chester finally hit back through Matty Williams’s equaliser in the 68th minute to keep the cup tie evenly poised before Frank Mulhern restored the hosts lead in the 72nd minute.

Hall, who came on as a 65th minute substitute, grabbed a late equaliser in the 87th minute to drag the contest into added time and keep his team in the hunt.

However, the forward’s fortunes took a turn for the worst as he was denied from 12 yards with the twelfth kick of the penalty shoot-out which sealed the hosts hard fought victory.

The FA Trophy is open to all non-Football League clubs in England registering professional players.

The competition began in 1969 with Macclesfield Town being crowned as its inaugural winners after beating Telford United 2-0 in the final at Wembley Stadium.

* Kenni Thompson scored the winner in Eibar’s 1-0 win over women’s Primera Federación rivals Cordoba.

The daughter of North Village coach, Kenny Thompson, converted the game’s only goal in the first half to help her team regain top spot in the standings.

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Published December 23, 2022 at 8:12 am (Updated December 23, 2022 at 8:12 am)

Shootout heaven and hell for Willie Clemons and Kole Hall

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