Brimscombe & Thrupp bowed out of the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup with a 4-2 penalty shootout defeat after a crazy night at the Meadow against holders Binfield.

The playing surface was sticky but both teams adapted well.

The visitors had a majority of the chances to start with and almost took the lead when a goal-ward shot was cleared off the line by Lilywhites’ captain Chris Greenhough.

The host’s had a handful of chances but with neither team able to find the opening goal both teams went in level at the break.

The wind and rain was relentless as the teams emerged for the second half. It didn’t take long for the deadlock to be broken when a cross from the right found Ben Deakin at the back post who nudged it in to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.

Brimscombe found a bit of inspiration from that first goal, Sam Blackie slid the ball under the on-rushing Dave Lyons to give the hosts a two goal cushion.

Binfield responded well as Ian Davies netted for the visitors and Gary Smith levelled just three minutes later.

Brimscombe thought their luck was in when James Campbell nodded home a fantastic cross.

The clock was ticking down and on the 90th minute, the cup holders drew level again, as Davies doubled his tally.

Extra time beckoned but not much happened during the extra thirty minutes but the pitch was starting to cause problems for both teams.

The tie went to a penalty shootout with the host’s taking first, Edd Major and James Campbell slotted home their spot-kicks before Kyle Pitts and Jack Horrell saw Lyons keep out their attempts.

Ian Davies, Jemel Johnson and Stephen Peacock all converted and it was down to Charlie Tuttle to give the Moles the win and he slotted it home despite a touch from the hands of Ash Gale.

Brimscombe face Binfield again on Saturday at Hill Farm Lane in the League.