Kris Newby headed AFC Sudbury into the first qualifying round of the FA Cup with a last-minute extra-time winner preventing penalties in a thrilling replay with Redbridge at The Wardale Williams Stadium on Tuesday.
After the sides had played out a 1-1 draw in east London on Saturday, it was Redbridge who again took an early lead through Daniel Chamber’s third-minute strike.
Newby’s stooping header from a corner in the 22nd minute got the home side back on level terms, before a Redbridge corner headed home by the towering Brian Moses in the 39th minute put them back ahead against the run of play at the break.
Numerous AFC chances came and went before Craig Pope bundled home Lee Flynn’s corner in the 68th minute.
Despite the home side’s dominance, there were no further goals as the tie went into extra time.
Both sides had chances to win it but it looked like penalties would have to decide the outcome.
That was until a hobbling Newby headed home in the 119th minute, to spark wild scenes among the home fans.
It sets up a first qualifying round home tie with Essex Senior League Premier Division side FC Romania on Septemnber 13.
Meanwhile, in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division leaders Hadleigh United also left it late to secure a win at Brantham Athletic, with Kris Rose’s last-minute volley the only goal of the game.
Long Melford host Halstead Town in a local derby in the First Division tonight, while Cornard United go in search of their first points of the season at Haverhill Borough (both 7.45pm).
* For a full round-up of results, including match action, reaction and previews to the week ahead, see Thursday’s Suffolk Free Press.