Northampton Town Under 18s were knocked out of the Northamptonshire FA David Joyce Cup on penalties away to Bugbrooke St. Michaels on Thursday evening.
The young Cobblers drew 1-1 in normal time and lost 4-3 in the shootout.
Coach Shane Goddard made three changes to the team that lost at home to Harrogate in the FA Youth Cup second round proper last week, as Josh Rayfield, Kiantay Licorish-Mullings and Charlie Carroll replaced Josh Tomlinson, Harry Guess and Reuben Wyatt in the starting line up.
The wet and windy conditions made for a scrappy first half with few opportunities at both ends.
The Cobblers opened the scoring on the quarter-of-an-hour mark, James Owen arrowing a 20-yard free-kick into the far top corner.
Bugbrooke came inches from equalising within two minutes, hitting the inside of the post with a close-range header before Marcus Bald scooped the ball into his arms on the line.
The rain subsided and more chances were created in the second period.
The visitors thought that they had doubled their lead on the hour when Licorish-Mullings headed Owen’s corner in off the near post, but the assistant referee adjudged that the set-piece had curled out of play and flagged for a goal-kick.
Substitute Guess slipped in opening goalscorer Owen soon after, but his close-range poke was denied by NTFC Football and Education Programme goalkeeper and Bugbrooke captain Billy Panter.
Carroll sprinted in behind the defence and had a low strike across goal blocked by the outstretched leg of Panter going into the final 10 minutes.
Two subs were involved as the Cobblers had another opportunity to double their advantage late on. Aleks Jevterevs was tripped in the area but Wyatt’s penalty was saved by the ‘keeper, who pounced on the loose ball as it spun on the line.
Bugbrooke’s chances were limited throughout the 90 minutes, but they scored an equaliser deep in added time before Panter took the tie to penalties with a one-handed save from Carroll’s dipping half-volley.
It took 16 spot-kicks to separate the sides, the hosts coming out on top.
The youth team travel to Brentford in a rearranged EFL Youth Alliance South East fixture a week on Friday.
Cobblers: Marcus Bald, Josh Rayfield, Kiantay Licorish-Mullings, Tom Cartwright, Leo Jenkins, Matty Ireland, James Owen, Jacob Scott, Jamari Hart, Charlie Carroll, Neo Dobson
Substitutes: Elliot Smith, Harry Guess, Reuben Wyatt, Aleks Jevterevs, Francesco Obiagwu