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Spot-on FISSC Reserves knock out Shipston Excelsior to reach RM Smith Cup semi-finals

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FISSC Reserves pulled off a shock as they got the better of higher-ranked Shipston Excelsior on penalties to book their place in the semi-finals of the Stratford Alliance’s RM Smith Cup.

The two sides could not be separated after 90 minutes, with the scores locked at 3-3.

Jamie Aspinall, Dino De Angelis and Zinzan Hancox were on target for the hosts, while Jake Bradley, James Drinkwater and substitute Fintan Small scored for Excelsior, who finished the match with ten men after Edward Caswell was sent off.

Excelsior had the chance to win the match on the stroke of full-time, but a fine save from Rhys Lewis would ensure the tie would go to penalties, where FISSC prevailed 3-2.

Bretforton Old Boys will meet FISSC in the last four following their 5-4 penalty shoot-out victory over Shottery United after a goalless 90 minutes.

FC Wickhamford came from 3-2 behind at half-time to run out 6-3 winners over Blockley United to secure their place in the semi-finals, thanks to goals from Louis Brown (2), Joel Haylock, Louis Sutton, Harvey Underhill and Jamie Lee.

Meadow Park will take on Wickhamford in the last four after they enjoyed a 4-1 home win over Stratford Town Colts.

There was just one game in Aquaid Division One where AFC Bromsgrove moved back to the top of the table with a 2-0 win over Central Ajax Reserves.

Connor Wheatley and substitute Ryan Blake got Bromsgrove’s goals.

In Walls & Ceilings Division Two, Shipston Excelsior Reserves condemned bottom-of-the-table Bearley United to a ninth defeat from nine games after running out comfortable 3-1 winners.

James Coe, Harry Palmer and Jamie Shurmer were on target for Excelsior; Haydn Foster for Bearley.

Elsewhere, goals from Tom Gardner and Jordan Rooke gave Tysoe United a 2-1 victory at Inkberrow Academy. Shae McNally netted for Inkberrow.

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