Chatteris Town lost out in a penalty shoot out to Hardwick in the Cliff Bullen Cup at West Street on Saturday.
The Lilies went behind after just six minutes of the quarter-final when a long throw in caught out the home defence.
Top scorer Richie Allen put them back on terms but the visitors were back in front before the half-time break.
Hardwick were lucky not to have a player sent off for punching Jack Brierley in the face but the referee chose to book both players instead.
Chatteris equalised for a second time when Steve Reid was brought down in the box and Tom Moden scored from the penalty after his first effort was parried.
Jimmy Unwin’s team then led for the only time in the game at 3-2 when Jack Saunders’ cross into the six yard box was turned into the net by a home defender.
Things looked to be going Chatteris’ way soon after when a Hardwick player was sent off for a foul on Saunders. But back came the visitors to put scores level once more at 3-3 and send the match into extra time.
Chatteris did create some half chances in the extra period.
In the penalty shoot-out both teams scored their first five penalties but unfortunately for Chatteris 16-year-old Adam Hollis failed from the penalty spot to put Hardwick through.
Unwin was very disappointed. “It was a game we should have won. We were the better team but just did not get the rub of the green. Even their manager said a second Hardwick player should have been sent off but the linesmen just did not help the ref.
“We will just have to concentrate on getting as many league points as possible and see where it takes us.”