Luton Town are out of the Checkatrade Trophy after a 7-6 penalty shootout defeat to Peterborough United.
After neither the Hatters nor their League One visitors could find a breakthrough in 90 minutes, the game was decided with penalties and all but one spot kick was scored.
Jonathan Bond’s stop from Frankie Musonda ultimately proved to be the matchwinner, and ensured Luton exited their second knockout tournament in a week.
The two sides had taken a different approach after their respective FA Cup Third Round ties, with Luton making 10 changes to the side beaten by Newcastle, and Peterborough starting 9 of those who had began their win at Aston Villa.
Both sides missed chances within the opening minute, with former Hatter Jack Marriott firing wide before Lawson D’Ath was denied by Bond at the other end.
The majority of the game’s opportunities came in the first half, with James Shea forced into two stops to keep out Marriott, and Bond forced into his own stops. Jordan Cook also hit the post as pressure continued to be applied.
The best second half chance saw visiting attacker Jermaine Anderson kept out late on, but with no winner in 90 minutes, it lead to a shootout.
All of Luton’s first six and Peterborough’s first seven penalties went in, but when Bond saved to deny Musonda on Luton’s 7th spot-kick, it proved enough to send the Posh to the next round and left the Hatters with just their attempts to get promoted to the third tier to focus on for the rest of the season.