GRASSINGTON United just missed out a claiming an unprecedented place in the West Riding County Challenge Cup semi-final, conceding a last-minute equaliser and then losing on penalties to Field after the game ended 2-2.

Grassington United manager Luke Boatwright said: "It was a heart-breaking end to a wonderful cup run for this young Grassington side but they have done themselves extremely proud throughout this competition."

Field started the better of the two sides and caused a number of problems from set-pieces, but the Grassington defence stood up to everything that was thrown at them with Lee Guilfoyle and Lucas Turvill both in excellent form.

Grassington grew into the game and started to find opportunities down the channels with Daniel Hunt and Oscar Canny becoming more effective as the game went on.

However, it was the other striker, veteran Jan Ozdoba, who made the breakthrough, coolly rounding the keeper and scoring after latching on to goalkeeper Jordan Harding’s fantastic through ball to give the visitors a 1-0 half-time lead.

The second half saw Field up their level and they began to create more chances.

The Grassington defence held firm until a Field player found himself free in the area and scored with an acrobatic overhead kick to make it 1-1.

However, this did not dishearten Grassington as the Craven's side midfield three of Ben Schindler, Jeremy Gee and the influential Reece Fowler began to control the game.

It was, in fact, Fowler who put Grassington ahead shortly after. A towering header from Lucas Turvill was brilliantly saved by the Field goalkeeper and Fowler was there to power the ball home to make it 2-1.

Field then knew that they had to find an equaliser and they pushed hard to get one.

Ozdoba had to come off injured, but the pacy James Morgan came on to give Grassington a dangerous counter-attack trio alongside Canny and Hunt.

This proved to be the case and both Canny and Hunt had great chances to extend the lead but found Field’s keeper in terrific form.

The game looked to be closing out for a famous Grassington win but with one minute left, the ball dropped on the volley to the Field striker who smashed the ball into the top corner, to spark wild celebrations from the Field team and supporters.

With no extra-time, the match went straight to penalties. Cruelly, Fowler was the only man to miss and this meant that Grassington were left wondering what might have been.

Boatwright said: "To a man every Grassington player worked as hard as they could and gave everything for the cause - ultimately it just wasn’t meant to be.

"The men in yellow were heroes who deserved more than the result that they eventually got.

"Grassington have represented the Craven League admirably throughout this competition and the fans and coaches made sure the players knew this after the game."