BARNSTAPLE Town were made to pay the penalty as they were knocked out of the Les Phillips Cup by Keynsham Town today.
Last year’s finalists were beaten by the Toolstation Western League First Division outfit on spot-kicks after 120 minutes had seen the side’s level at 1-1.
It now means it is four defeats in the five games Barry Yeo’s men – who lost 3-0 to Willand Rovers in the cup showpiece last season – have played this year.
Steve Holland missed the sudden-death penalty – after Lee Francis and Jed Harper-Penman had also failed to hit the back of the net – as Keynsham snatched it 7-6
Looking to continue a run of five wins in their last five games against Keynsham, Barnstaple made the worst possible start as they found themselves one down within six minutes.
In what manager Barry Yeo described as a “pretty poor performance” Barum hauled themselves back into it with half an hour left when Francis headed home a Harper-Penman cross to even the scores up.
There was nothing to separate the pair – playing on an artificial pitch – in extra time so it went to the lottery of spot kicks.
And Holland missed the decisive sudden-death penalty to send Barnstaple out in the second round.