Hemel Hempstead Town will travel to Sutton United on Tuesday night for an FA Cup fourth qualifying round replay after the two sides shared a 3-3 thriller at Vauxhall Road on Saturday afternoon.
The Tudors battled back from 3-1 down to earn the draw in a game which included six goals, three penalties, two penalty saves, one penalty rebound and some thrilling football by both teams.
Hemel went a goal up in the third minute through Lewis Toomey from close range before Sutton United showed their class and took control of the game, scoring three unanswered goals to go 3-1 up.
A penalty for Hemel at the end of the first half was converted from the rebound by penalty taker Ben Mackey to send the Tudors into the break 3-2 down.
After half-time Hemel dominated large spells of the game, equalising with another penalty from Mackey.
Tudors keeper Laurie Walker then made a terrific penalty save soon afterwards to keep Hemel in the game and, in the end, either team could have nicked it late on.
“I thought a draw was a fair result but goals change games and it was a real humdinger of a match,” said Hemel manager Dean Brennan. “It was a real FA Cup tie.”
“It will be a really good game again on Tuesday and it’s a good test for us.
“We had to change our tactics on Saturday and we will do something similar on Tuesday. It’s a good test of the management team because we never really have to change our tactics but Sutton are a very good side and we have to respect that.”
Nearly 1,500 spectators flocked to Vauxhall Road on Saturday, and Brennan says he is delighted by the club’s progress since he took charge at the start of last season.
“We are putting the club on the footballing map and winning games of football which will bring the fans through the gates,” he said.
“We want to do a Stevenage and we have got to make sure that we get promoted this year – that’s the priority.
“But a cup run keeps the chairman happy and the atmosphere at the game on Saturday was fantastic.”
The club is organising coaches to Sutton for Tuesday night’s game, and these will be leaving Vauxhall Road at 5pm.
Anyone interested should contact Marc Willmore at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to book a seat. Prices will be £10 for adults and £5 for U18s.
The winner of Tuesday’s replay will travel to Bradford PA or Kidderminster in the first round proper.