Inter-club cup battle sees Reserves prevail

In an epic NSL Junior Cup encounter Kimberley Miners Welfare Reserves overcame Division Two high flyers Kimberley Miners Welfare AFC on a quagmire of a pitch at The Stag Ground, winning 6-5 on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

Kimberley Reserves took the lead before the break through the experienced Danny Chaplin.

Despite hitting the woodwork twice it looked like being the winner for Andy Miller’s side but this wasn’t to be as in the 95th minute last season’s cup final hero John Whitehurst netted an equaliser from the edge of the box.

In extra-time Josh Lewis fired the reserves ahead before a final twist as Ben Foster netted to equalise for AFC with six minutes remaining.

Both sides could have won it with AFC hitting the post and Matt Walker’s one-on-one well saved.

Penalties followed and the first ten kicks were all netted.

Reserves keeper Dan Turner was then the hero, saving Whitehurst’s penalty before Sean Chapman netted the winning spot-kick to end an exciting cup tie in the fog at the Stag Ground.