WORCESTER City exited the FA Cup following a penalty shoot-out defeat to Walsall Wood at the Victoria Ground last night.

After Joe Bates cancelled out Javia Roberts’ strike in extra-time the extra preliminary round tie went to penalties with both teams down to 10 men.

But Matt Birley, Liam Lockett and Dave Reynolds all missed from the spot before Roberts netted to send the visitors through.

City were seconds away from securing their place in the next round on Saturday only for Paul Sullivan’s last-gasp header to snatch a 1-1 draw at Wood.

Goalkeeper Matt Gwynne produced a man of the match performance that day and he was forced into action 21 minutes into the replay when he saved Roberts’ shot.

Worcester also came close as Chris Withington flicked the ball into the box for Lockett whose shot was headed behind.

After the break, the hosts suffered a blow when Luke English received a second yellow card on 62 minutes.

The match then opened up as City had a penalty appeal turned down while Wood had a goal ruled out for offside.

In the closing 10 minutes Birley’s well-placed shot was stopped by keeper Reiss Wagstaff before James Baldwin and George Forsyth were thwarted.

Five minutes into extra-time Wood went ahead when Roberts broke through City’s defence and beat Gwynne.

The away side almost grabbed a second as they clipped the crossbar but 10-man Worcester hung in and levelled the scores in the 117th minute with a header from Bates.

Wood then had a man sent off as Kyle Rowley was brandished a second yellow card.

In the shoot-out, Forsyth and Dean Rathbone netted before Birley pushed his effort wide.

Gwynne kept City in it when he saved Trey Braithwaite’s penalty before Bates and Mitch Tolley converted to make it 2-2.

Both teams then missed as Wagstaff stopped Lockett’s strike and Wood hit the crossbar.

Crucially, Reynolds fired over before Roberts bagged the match-winning penalty.