WITTON Albion let a lead slip three times before bowing out of the Integro League Cup following a penalty shoot-out at Mickleover Sports on Tuesday.

Goalkeeper Lewis King was the home team’s match-winner, saving four spot-kicks – two of those when Carl Macauley’s men would have progressed had they been converted.

His opposite number, Ryan Neild, also stopped three.

The visitors had led at the break through James Foley’s goal after Will Jones and Owen Dale had combined in the build-up.

Pablo Mills levelled with a header shortly after the interval before substitute Steven Tames restored Witton’s lead when he fired low into the corner from the edge of the penalty area.

Louis Briscoe’s maiden strike for Sports hauled them level again before Tames made it 3-2 with six minutes left when he pounced on a rebound after Jones’ shot had been parried.

However Mills netted a second time with a header for the hosts, who rode their luck when Jones’ header hit the woodwork in added time.

Nick Ryan, Prince Haywood and Michael Wilson all scored for Witton in the shoot-out, but King stopped Danny McKenna’s sudden-death effort before Andy Dales converted to send Mickleover through to the competition’s last-eight.

Witton | Neild (GK), Gardner (Devine 72), McKenna, Ryan, Brown, Foley, Dale, Haywood, Jones, Williams (Wilson 85), Evans (Tames 68) Subs not used Moore (GK), Hopley Goals Foley 35, Tames 79, 84 Booked Haywood

Attendance 119