Non-league sides set penalty shoot-out record


Non-league sides Brockenhurst and Andover Town set a new English record for consecutive penalties scored in a shoot-out.

The local teams were contesting a Hampshire Senior Cup match on October 9, but neither could find a breakthrough so it went to penalties.

Despite struggling to find the net during open play, the part-timers showed remarkable composure from the spot, as an amazing 29 spot-kicks were netted in a row.

Eventually someone missed - and it was Andover forward Claudio Herbert, taking his second penalty of the night.

It was confirmed as an English record by the FA, and is believed to be a world record.

"I didn't realise the magnitude, it was a bit of a blur, the keeper pulled off a great save," 20-year-old student Herbert told BBC Sport.

"I was just thinking 'oh no, it's going to be on TV - I'm going to miss a penalty on TV'."

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Despite his historic miss, Herbert says he would have no qualms about taking another spot-kick.

"I never thought I'd have to take the 30th penalty in a shoot-out.

"I've been involved in penalty shoot-outs before, but nothing like this. There was not so much pressure.

"I would definitely take another one. I'd never shy away from taking a penalty."

The previous English record was 27 consecutive spot kicks when Leyton Orient and Dagenham & Redbridge faced off in a Johnstones Paint Trophy first-round match in 2011, In that match the 28th penalty was saved allowing Dagenham to win the shoot-out.

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