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Boro bow out of Herts Senior Cup on penalites

5 December 2017

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The road to Letchworth ends...

The boys failed to progress to the next round of the Herts Senior Cup after their 4-3 penalty shootout defeat to Boreham Wood.

The Wood will now go on to face last year's winners Hitchin Town in the Quarterfinals.

Darren named a side with both First Team and U18 players including: Day, Wade-Slater, Franks, Vancooten, Wilmot, Conlon, Ferry, Gorman, Beautyman, Ofosu and Georgiou.

Youngsters Draper, O’Keefe, Taylor, Gouldbourne and Leslie made up the bench.

The game remained goalless for the initial 90-minutes as both teams failed to capitalise on their chances to take the lead and the tie resulted in being decided on penalties.

Luke Wade-Slater had a goal ruled out just before half-time as he was narrowly caught offside after getting on the end of Tom Conlon’s cross.

The best chance for Stevenage came when youngster Joe Leslie skilfully made his way past two defenders, but just failed to pick out his target on the far post.

Just several moments later Boreham Wood had a real chance to take the lead with Benson’s backpost header from just 3 yards out, however he directed it straight into the hands of Day.

Speaking after the game, Darren Sarll says he was happy with the evening's work.

“I was really pleased when I got the team sheets to see that Boreham Wood were strong.

“I thought that was really good because I wanted to make sure we had a competitive game for the boys that haven’t been playing.

“We got some good minutes in and I wanted to see a couple of the young lads, so I thought it was a good game throughout.

“It was competitive, there could have been a goal either side, but I thought it was pretty tight and then it went to penalties.

“I was disappointed with our execution of our penalties, it is an important part of a cup tie. I want to win these games and I want to win for the culture of the club.

“I was really pleased with Terence Vancooten and I thought Fraser Franks’ attitude was terrific.

“Luke Wade-Slater was a stand out for me, Tom Conlon did brilliantly on the wide left, I thought he did brilliantly tonight.

“So there is a lot of good things for me to think about in terms of the senior squad.”

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