Cull is shoot-out hero

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Whitby Fishermen’s entertained Dalton Athletic from the Harrogate League in the North Riding Cup second round at Lythe, on a blustery wet Saturday.

Fishermen’s started strongly, playing some good football and were surprised to find themselves 1-0 within 10 minutes as Dalton hit on the break.

Fishermen's win the ball in their 3-3 Challenge Cup draw against Dalton'picture: Brian Murfield

Fishermen's win the ball in their 3-3 Challenge Cup draw against Dalton'picture: Brian Murfield

For all the possession Fishermen’s were having and chances they were creating, the equaliser was a long time coming with Neil Hart tapping in his first on 30 minutes.

Dalton again took the lead a few minutes later from a dubious penalty decision to go in at half-time leading 2-1.

Fishermen’s started the second half strongly and got back on level terms through a good Hart finish.

With a quarter of an hour to go, Hart completed his hat-trick and put Fishermen’s 3-2 up.

Fishermen's compete against Dalton in their Challenge Cup tie'picture: Brian Murfield

Fishermen's compete against Dalton in their Challenge Cup tie'picture: Brian Murfield

This looked like it was going to be enough to clinch the tie until Fishermen’s conceded a late goal from a well-hit free-kick with a couple of minutes to go.

As no extra time is played in this competition, the game went straight to penalties with Fishermen’s running out 5-4 winners.

Paul Cull was the hero of the day, saving brilliantly in sudden death and booking Fishermen’s their place in the next round.

Neil Hart scores of one of his three goals'picture: Brian Murfield

Neil Hart scores of one of his three goals'picture: Brian Murfield

Paul Cull makes the decisive penalty save for Fishermen's'picture: Brian Murfield

Paul Cull makes the decisive penalty save for Fishermen's'picture: Brian Murfield