Policeman Lewis Burchnall pounded the winner to help happy Horncastle Town Reserves into the semi finals of the Amateur Cup.
Burchnall’s second half strike saw Town see off rivals Retford Town 3-2 in an action-action packed clash at The Wong.
His explosive finish put Town 3-1 ahead after 73 minutes, but they had to survive a late fightback from Retford.
Normally, Burchnall would have been keeping goal for Town’s first team.
However, a finger injury means he’s more than happy to spearhead the attack for the club’s reserves.
Luke Blondel (penalty) and Jamie Cheetham were also on target although it was Ryan Nunn who took Town’s man-of-the-match award after a terrific performance in midfield.
Manager Jamie Lamming was delighted with the victory, although Town had to hang on after Retford made it 3-2 with 10 minutes to go.
‘Keeper Liam Smith certainly played his part with a finger-tip save in the 88th minute to deny Retford what would have been an unfair equaliser.
Lamming is now hoping his side can back up their excellent cup form by climbing off the foot of the league.
He said: “We’re delighted to go through although to be fair, I thought we made hard work of it.
“We deserved it on the balance of play and if we’d taken our chances, we’d have made life a lot easier.”
The lively Jack Baxter, Scott Maplethorpe and Cheetham all missed early chances before Jason Riley put Retford ahead in the 22nd minute from their first serious attack.
Blondel levelled from the spot seven minutes later after Baxter had been brought down.
Town faced a strong wind in the second half but, with Nunn controlling midfield, they dominated long spells.
Cheetham fired home in the 69th minute after good work from Baxter and impressive sub’ James Parkinson then helped set up the winner for Burchnall, who almost broke the back of the net from 12-yards.