Glory for Grays as shoot-out serves up success
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Grays Athletic wrote another chapter in their story of success as the FA Trophy yesterday followed the FA Cup in making penalty history.

The Docklands club, having won the inaugural Conference South by 23 points, found this second leg of their double much more troublesome before prevailing in the first shoot-out in the final of the competition.

Hucknall Town's crestfallen "Paul Scholes" was the defender Russell Cooke, who saw the fourth of the sudden-death kicks saved by Ashley Bayes' legs.

Grays were put through their paces in regulation time and had to wait 64 minutes for a breakthrough. Bayes' long kick was poorly defended and Dennis Oli set up John Martin for a neat low left-foot finish. Hucknall levelled 12 minutes from time, Gary Ricketts eluding Jamie Stuart and crossing low for Danny Bacon and his marker, Dean Brennan, to each help the ball into the net.

Goals: Martin (64) 1-0; Brennan og (78) 1-1.

Grays Athletic (4-4-2): Bayes; Brennan, Matthews, Stuart, Nutter; Hooper (Carthy, 120), Thurgood, Martin, Cole; Battersby (West, 60), Oli (Powell, 80). Substitutes not used: Emberson (gk), Bruce.

Hucknall Town (4-4-2): Greg Smith; Asher, Cooke, Timons, Barrick (Plummer, 28); Mark Smith (Ward, 120), Hunter, Palmer (Heathcote, 93), Todd; Ricketts, Bacon. Substitutes not used: Lindley (gk), Winder.

Bookings: Grays: Brennan. Hucknall: Palmer, Ricketts, Todd.

Referee: P Dowd (Stoke-on-Trent).

Man of the match: Greg Smith.

Attendance: 8,116.