Newlands into final after holding their nerve from the spot

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NEWLANDS manager Joe Hakings praised his side’s efforts as they defeated division one rivals Trafalgar 4-3 on penalties in the semi-final of the North Riding FA Sunday Challenge Cup at Staxton yesterday.

In a very even contest there was not much between the two sides and if either had found a goal in normal time then that would probably have been enough to seal the deal.

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The best chance of the game fell to Newlands striker Eric Hall in the 65th minute but he fired wide after a goalmouth scramble.

Trafalgar battled away on a wet Sunday morning in Staxton but they rarely tested Newlands keeper Sean Pinder.

The game finished 0-0 after normal time and with no extra-time it went straight to spot-kicks.

Ben Luntley scored what turned out to be the decisive penalty for Newlands before Danny Price missed for Trafalgar to see Newlands win it 4-3.

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Jamie Patterson also missed for Trafalgar who were left wondering where it all went wrong.

Hakings said: “What a top effort from the lads, I am proud of every single one of them and they deserve to get through to the final.

“We knew that it would be a tough game and Trafalgar are never easy to play against because they have some very good players.

“I thought we held our nerve and showed good composure in the shoot-out.

“It was a bit of a scrappy game and the conditions were not brilliant but it was the same for both sides.”

Newlands: Sean Pinder, John Manson, Jordan Mintoft, Josh Hakings, Jason Harrison, Michael Wilson, Jack Hakings, Ben Luntley, Eric Hall, Kile Fields, Jamie Gallagher.

Trafalgar: Gary Ellwood, Paul Watson, Baz Gill, Ricky Nock, Dean Craig, Kris Tate, Jamie Patterson, Sean Exley, Luke Jenkinson, Ben Salt, Liam Cooper.