Balby battle back to reach Trophy quarter-finals

Penalty prize: Balby Carr Academy are in the last eight of a competition which started with 145 teams .
Penalty prize: Balby Carr Academy are in the last eight of a competition which started with 145 teams .

BALBY Carr reached the quarter-finals of the ESFA College Trophy after beating reigning British Colleges League champions and KO Cup holders Huntingdonshire on penalties.

The visitors, who had the wind at their backs in the first half, took an early lead but Balby soon picked up their game and scored a deserved equaliser through first-year Josh Bachner.

Balby, for whom Brandon Wobschall also netted after the visitors had regained the lead, just shaded the first half but the two teams turned around level at 2-2.

Balby dominated the second half and Bachner scored a superb goal to give his side the lead. The Doncaster side had the chances to kill the game off and their failure to do so proved costly as the visitors drew level from a well-taken free-kick and normal time ended 3-3.

Having made all three substitutions, a number of Balby players started to feel the effects of a hard game and several started to suffer from cramp and the visiting team capitalised by scoring a further two goals to lead 5-3 at the end of the first period of extra-time.

Balby decided that they needed to regroup and went three at the back and pushed the ‘walking wounded’ up front and threw everything at the visiting team.

Despite all their efforts, the game seemed to be lost until substitute Jamie Walker curled the ball into the net four minutes from the end to give his side a life-line.

The goal lifted Balby’s spirits and Jamie Walker scored the team’s goal of the season when he smashed the ball home from a fully 40 yards to spark scenes of celebration both on and off the pitch.

Joe Leesley, Sean Nesbitt, Luke Crompton and Ryan Davies all converted their spot kicks and when keeper Wes Thompson saved one of the visitor’s penalties first-year John Lloyd stepped up to win the game and put his team through to the last eight of a competition which started with 145 teams.