WORCESTER City suffered penalty heartbreak in a cup competition for the second time this season after losing 4-2 on penalties to Corsham Town in the final of the Marsh Challenge Cup.

The cruel defeat came only weeks after suffering penalty heartbreak against Great Wakering Rovers in the semi final of the FA Vase.

City were on course for a treble after winning the Hellenic League for the first time in 45 years and also winning the Floodlit Cup for the first time since 2019.

However the Marsh Challenge Cup proved a match too far.

The teams had met twice this season  in the Hellenic League with City coming out on top in both occasions.

Kick off was at 4.15pm in Slimbridge.

The first shot of the game came from Corsham Town and went well wide with the ball ending up in the car park.

City looked all but certain to concede first, but Mark Cooper's header in the twelfth minute was tipped over the bar by  city keeper Haydn Whitcombe. 

Play was held up halfway through the first half by the horn of a horse transporter that could not pass by due to cars parked on the lane outside the grounds. 

City went on to take the lead in the 39th minute after Calvin Dinsley put the ball in the back of the Corsham net with a superb header from a corner.

Despite a slow start to the second half, City doubled their lead with another set piece scored by Elliot Hartley in the 58th minute. 

Corsham then went on to close the gap with Kane Simpson putting the ball away into the bottom corner of the City net in the 65th minute.

The Quarrymen completed the turnaround, equalising in the 81st minute with a goal from Dean Griffiths.

Six minutes of extra time saw a glorious chance for Taylor Townsend saved before the City striker was sent off with a straight red three minutes later.

After dragging the game to penalties, Corsham Town went on to win the game 4-2.