Penalty shootout drama denies the Masters a spot in the final

Ken Campbell of Belper Men's Hockey Masters''Photo by Terry Fletcher
Ken Campbell of Belper Men's Hockey Masters''Photo by Terry Fletcher

Belper Mens Hockey Masters (Over 40s) played their delayed National Masters Plate Semi-Final match against Bournemouth on Sunday lunchtime.

An entertaining first half , saw Belper take the lead with an opportunist goal from Ken Campbell but the visitors struck back to lead 2-1 nearing the interval.

However, a deft flick from Belper’s Jeff Longden found the top corner of the net and sent the teams in 2-2 at half-time.

The second half had fewer chances and the final whistle sounded with no further addition to the scoreline.

Both teams had agreed to forego extra time and go straight to penalty flicks and that’s where the real drama unfurled.

Bournemouth missed all of the first three penalties , while Belper scored both of their first attempts , leaving them agonisingly just one flick penalty success away from the final - but Belper then missed all of their next three attempts

Bournemouth scored both of their remaining attempts leaving the penalty scoreline at 2-2. Sudden death penalty flicks followed - Belper’s attempts hit the bar , while the Bournemouth player scored to put his side through to a final tie against the winners of the Harrogate v Worcester tie.