FECKENHAM’S unbeaten run extended to seven games in all competitions as they progressed in the Worcestershire Junior Cup on Saturday – but only just as lower ranked visitors Inkberrow were seen off on penalties.
The Millers won 4-3 on spot kicks after a 1-1 draw but were pushed all the way by their Midland League Division Three rivals, as joint assistant manager Tom Davies acknowledged.
“It wasn’t our greatest performance, especially considering how we’ve been recently, but first half the exciting thing was that we continued to create a lot of chances,” said Davies.
“We’re into a second semi-final which is pleasing, but we must focus on Saturday now and working hard to get another positive result at home to Fairfield Villa.”
Division Two outfit Feckenham were quickly out of the blocks and Jack Brimmell, Ben Ellicott, Connor Perry-Holmes and Jake Donnelly all went close.
Inkberrow began to threaten from set pieces in particular but the hosts took the lead in the 20th minute when Umit Eminoglu’s corner found Perry-Holmes who drilled a cross-shot towards goal and Jordan Adams was quickest to react to find the back of the net.
Garmson drilled a shot over the bar but Inkberrow, probably deservedly, drew level on the counter-attack through Callum Cook’s deflected strike.
Chances continued to come and go at both ends in the second half before a frantic finish saw Feckenham’s Ben Welsh head just over and Inkberrow hit the post.
However, there was no separating the sides and, with no extra time, the match went straight to a shoot-out in which Feckenham keeper Josh Goddard made the decisive save low down to his right.
The Millers now await confirmation of their last four opposition, with the tie to take place on or before January 27.