Blackbrook 5, Halton Borough Res 4: THERE was extra-time heartbreak for Borough Reserves as the team from bottom half of Division Three were finally beaten by their Premiership hosts in the Drinkwater Cup.
Borough were determined from the start not to be overawed but after Colebrook, Harrison and Fonterigo had all missed chances, Blackbrook stole the lead after 35 minutes of defending.
Halton equalised in the 50th minute, Jonathan Harrison beating two defenders to hit an unstoppable shot into the top right-hand corner.
Blackbrook restored their lead from the penalty spot 10 minutes later after a clumsy handball offence in the Halton box - Ben Cheetham getting a hand to the shot but unable to keep it out.
Borough got back onto level terms within two minutes. With a curling shot from Mike Colebrook who had worked the ball with Carl Fonterigo to set the opportunity up.
Colebrook followed up with a solo second from the right of the penalty box.
Borough went 4-2 up in the 77th minute. Harrison was crudely brought down and David Barnes gave the keeper no chance from the spot.
With just three minutes of normal time left, Blackbrook were thrown a lifeline from a third penalty for another handball.
The referee then indicated five minutes of stoppage time and from the last kick Blackbrook equalised with what had been more of a hit and hope than a goal attempt.
To everyone's surprise, it went in to force another half an hour of play.
Extra-time was an end-to-end affair with both teams having chances.
A Blackbrook free-kick on the edge of the Halton box deflected off the wall and in.
Even then, Carl Pye found himself with only the keeper to beat.
When he was unceremoniously brought down, everyone expected another penalty award but instead, the referee pointed out an offside.
Sports Vision MoM Harrison was hard pushed by 15-year-old midfieldman John Bate on debut and two-goal Mike Colebrook.
Halton Borough's first-team game was frozen off.
All players are asked to report to the club at 12.45pm for Saturday's games.