Cannock win shootout with Reading

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Cannock secured a dramatic penalty shootout win over NOW: Pensions Division rivals Reading in the third round of the NOW: Pensions Cup on Sunday.

Cannock had taken the lead through David Beckett only for Reading’s Pete Scott to level the scores straight from the restart.

Robbie Smith netted a second for Cannock but Scott once again tied the scores. Cannock looked to have won it as Stuart Loughrey added Cannock’s third with just two minutes remaining.

But in the final minute John Jackson (pictured) scored an equaliser for Reading, making it 3-3 and the game headed for penalties, which Cannock won 5-3.

Beeston faced Teddington in the Cup and secured a 6-3 win to book their place in the next round.

Fareham were hoping to claim a Premier Division scalp as they took on Hampstead and Westminster. But a Neil Hamilton brace dashed their chances, and Duncan Parniss was also on target for Hampstead as they won 3-1.

A Peter Dobson penalty stroke proved to be the difference between Bromley and Beckenham and University of Birmingham, with the Kent side winning the game 2-1.

A brace from Brooklands MU’s Aiden Khares took his side through to round four as they ran out 4-1 winners over Cambridge City.

Johan Casparsson also hit two as Sevenoaks beat Bowdon 4-2. Bart Zywkzka was unlucky to be on the losing side having also scored twice.

Cannock weren’t the only team to go through on a penalty shootout - Oxted’s game against Holcombe also ended 3-3. But it was Oxted who held their nerve, winning the shootout 6-5.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Cup, round three (Sunday, November 17 2013): Bromley and Beckenham 2 Univ of Birmingham 1; Brooklands MU 4 Cambridge City 1; Cannock 3, Reading 3 (Cannock win 5-3 APS); Hampstead and Westminster 3, Fareham 1; Lewes 1, Old Loughtonians 2; Oxted 3, Holcombe 3 (Oxted win 6-5 APS); Sevenoaks 4, Bowdon 2; Teddington 3, Beeston 6.