KENDAL County were knocked out of the West Lancashire Football League Challenge Cup in the cruellest way possible as they lost on sudden-death penalties.
Leyland United, who are just two points ahead of Kendal in Division Two after the Lancastrians were deducted six points, got the only goal of the first half thanks to Ryan Broomhead in an evenly-contested affair.
Jason Jones levelled just after the interval and that was the spur for Kendal to kick on and dominate the next 30 minutes as Joe Baker bagged a brace to put County 3-1 up.
But with 10 minutes to go Leyland recovered from a two-goal deficit to pull goals back through an Ashley Ball penalty and a Kevin Houghton effort as they equalised for the second time in the game.
With no extra time the tie went to penalties, and both sides showed their nerves at the start of the shoot-out by missing their first spot-kick each.
The remaining eight penalties were scored to make it 4-4 on penalties after five each, but Kendal’s James Williams missed in sudden death, which meant that County were knocked out of the Challenge Cup.
Meanwhile in Division Two of the West Lancashire League Gsk Ulverston Rangers were never in the game as they lost 5-0 at table-toppers Hurst Green.
Having conceded a penalty after only two minutes, Rangers were up against it from the off and Hurst Green completed the rout through a Jamie Enifer double and goals from Sam Hayes, Danny Walker and Andy Howarth.
Callum Raynor got the only goal of the game for Askam United as they triumphed 1-0 at Whinney Hill in a result that lifts them up to second in the league.
In Division One Dalton United moved down one place to 11th after they lost 5-0 at Wyre Villa.
Ashley Bradshaw hit a hattrick and Max Landless scored twice for Villa.