HEMSWORTH MW booked their place in the next round of the FA Cup thanks to a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory at Runcorn Linnets on Tuesday night.
The Extra Preliminary Round clash needed 180 minutes, extra time and spot-kicks to decide who went through to the next round and book a date at Evo-Stik Premier League side Salford City.
And it was Welfare who held their nerve to come out on top on penalties after the replay had finished 2-2 after extra-time.
“The atmosphere on the coach back was like we’d won the FA Cup,” said manager Wayne Benn.
“The lads were absolutely incredible. It was a nightmare of a journey travelling over there on the M62 midweek so the preparation wasn’t great.
“We gave away a couple of sloppy goals in the match but on the whole the lads were outstanding, especially in the second half when we were the superior side.”
He added: “We’re all tired out after the journey and the match but it was well worth it.”
Hemsworth had fallen behind early on to a Runcorn penalty before upping their gear in the second half to see Neil Towler level and Will Kemp fire them ahead with ten minutes to go.
But there was still another twist with Linnets levelling with just minutes to go.
Neither side could find the breakthrough in the extra 30 minutes, although the hosts were reduced to ten men, and it was left to penalties to decide the winner.
Hemsworth kept their cool and Lee Swift, Towler, Jack Wakefield and Andy Hart were all successful from the spot to see the Fitzwilliam Sports Complex side through.
Welfare will travel to Evo-Stik Premier League side Salford City in the Preliminary Round on Saturday, August 25 (kick-off 3pm).
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