Non-Midlands league teams set the UK record for the longest penalty shoot-out in history with 44 shots from the spot
Two non-league teams set the UK record for the longest penalty shootout in history with 44 shots from the spot, with each player taking two apiece for over half an hour
- Old Wulfrunians and Lane Head set a new British record of 44 penalties in the tie
- The epic came within four of the world record set in the 2005 Namibia Cup final.
- Left-back Jack Marsh, 27, won the penalty shoot-out for Old Wulfs 19-18 after 35 minutes.
- Marsh said he was relieved after finishing the marathon of the JW Hunt Cup qualifier.
Two non-league fotoball teams need 44 penalties to separate them in a cup tie, setting a UK record in the process.
Old Wulfrunians and Lane Head drew 3-3 in their JW Hunt Cup tie, sending the clash into a penalty shootout.
Every player on each team had to take two penalties, including the two goalkeepers, when left-back Jack Marsh, 27, a teacher, scored his penalty for Old Wulfs in sudden death.
The shooting ended 19-18 for Old Wulfs after the 35-minute shootout, but it failed to break the world record.
Old Wulfs left-back Jack Marsh brought both teams out of their misery after a marathon shootout
Marsh said Sun: ‘The overwhelming feeling was one of relief at being over.
“No one had any idea it was a record at the time and everyone was happy that we could finally go home.”
Lane Head’s secretary, Martin Davies, told the Sun that while it was “ great ” to be in the record books, they were shattered because Old Wulfs had pulled them out of the cup.
Tie referee Jamie Howe recounted that when a goalkeeper stepped forward after 22 shots, he was yelled at to purposely miss to end the epic tiebreaker.
All the players on each side, including the goalkeepers, took two penalties in the 35-minute tiebreaker.
The current world record for the most penalties in a shooting is 48, set in Namibia.
The 2005 Namibia Cup final between KK Palace and Civics required a record number of set pieces to decide who took home the trophy.
KK Palace stood firm to win 17-16 and win the silver medal.
In professional English football, the longest shootout was in an FA Cup second-round match between Scunthorpe and Worcester City, in which the former stopped a slaughter of giants after a draw in regulation time.
Scunthorpe won 14-13 on penalties against the non-league team after 32 shots on goal to advance to the third round.