Stocksbridge Park Steels booked their place in the third round of the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup after edging out Northern Counties East Division One side Hemsworth Miners Welfare 3-2 in a thoroughly entertaining tie.
The game had all the hallmarks of a potential banana skin for Steels, with the hosts second in the table and having been beaten just once in the last 14 outings in all competitions.
Chris Hilton’s side raced into a 2-0 lead. Rory Coleman, who scored twice in the 3-2 defeat at Carlton Town last weekend, opening the scoring on nine minutes with a low drive through Hemsworth goalkeeper Chris Snaith’s legs.
Corey Gregory added the second eight minutes later with a right foot shot from a Josh Meade cross.
Hemsworth’s Shane Kelsey, who played under Steels boss Hilton at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, missed a great chance to haul the home side back in the tie. But it wasn’t long before the home side did pull one back, Sam Jones’ tame shot going through the legs of ‘keeper David Reay to give the hosts hope going into the break.
Kelsey made up for his earlier miss by firing the home side back on level terms from a tight angle on the hour mark.
Stocksbridge, though, grabbed what turned out to be the winner two minutes later after a mistake from Snaith was punished by Corey Gregory, who lobbed home from all of 40 yards.
Stocksbridge might well have had a third but substitute Louis Shaw fired wide after a great passing move had carved open the Hemsworth defence.
Meanwhile, Stocksbridge face a tough trip to Northwich Victoria in the FA Trophy First Qualifying Round.
The Division One North side beat Lancaster City 4-0 in a preliminary round replay at the Help for Heroes Stadium, where the Vics have now won all six outings in league and cup.