Spot-kick joy as Oak Reserves reach final

Anthony Whittington

Anthony Whittington

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MILE OAK Football Club’s reserve side reached the final of the County League Reserve Section Cup on Saturday with a penalty shoot-out win at Westfield.

Oak were victorious 5-4 on spot-kicks, after the game had finished 1-1 after extra-time and Oak will now face Wick & Barnham or Little Common in the final at the beginning of May.

Premier Division Oak took the lead at East Division Westfield through Harry Brown on 28 minutes.

The hosts levelled midway through the second half but Oak finished strongly and had a couple of chances to grab the win in extra-time.

Oak were clinical from the spot, though, as they scored all five of their penalties, while Westfield’s third was blazed over.

Mile Oak first-team boss Anthony Whittington said: “The team played well and deserved to reach the final.

“As a club, we have not had the worst of seasons, although it was a bit disappointing that the first team did not finish in the top three because we should have done.

“We also got to the semi-finals of the cup, while the reserves are in a cup final and will hopefully stay up in the Premier Division as well.”

Oak’s first team will finish fourth in County League Division 2 if they win their final game at Wick & Barnham on Saturday.

AFC Uckfield sealed a top-three finish with a 3-1 win over Saltdean on Saturday.