Clevedon Town 3-4 Hartley Wintney
The FA Cup with Budweiser
Third Round Qualifying replay
7.45pm, Monday 14 October 2013
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Hartley Wintney manager Ben Dillon hailed his history-makers after they reached the Fourth Round Qualifying of The FA Cup for the first time following a dramatic 4-3 replay win against Clevedon Town.
The two sides met again in The Third Round Qualifying following a 1-1 draw in their initial meeting at the weekend and Hartley triumphed after snatching a late winner from the penalty spot in the sixth minute of injury time.
Hartley had trailed 2-0 and 3-1 during Monday night's thrilling encounter and Dillon was delighted his players recovered following their "worst" 45-minute showing of the year.
He said: "It's great to have made history by getting the club to the Fourth Qualifying Round for the first time.
"I was involved as a player when we got to this stage before and I'm over the moon to beat that at the first time of asking as a manager. It was a game that had everything, a proper FA Cup tie - and the boys were brilliant in the second half.
"We started poorly and it was probably the worst 45 minutes we have played all year. We said to the lads at half time that we didn't want to go out of The Cup like that and we played the way we know we can in the second half."
Clevedon came flying out of the blocks and had the opportunity to take the lead in the 16th minute when the referee awarded the first of four penalties on the night after Joe Flurry was felled by Ashley Lloyd.
However, Ollie Barnes was desperately unlucky to see his resulting spot-kick crash off the post and away to safety.
Clevedon did find the find the back of the net less than ten minutes later, with Ross McNab guiding his near-post header beyond Craig Atkinson.
The hosts were awarded another penalty seven minutes before the break and this time Matt Thorne stepped up to double Clevedon's advantage.
Clevedon were cruising at this point, and they looked to have sealed the win ten minutes after the restart when Matt Thorne dispatched the ball past Atkinson. However, the goal was ruled out for offside.
And that proved to be a turning point as Elliot Hobden halved the deficit with a spectacular 35-yard volley less than 60 seconds later.
Thorne re-extended Clevedon's lead from the edge of the box in the 58th minute, while Hobden notched his second strike of the evening just before the hour mark.
Hartley were growing in confidence and they had the chance to equalise when Kaine Gazzard was penalised for handling inside the box. Sam Argent confidently struck his penalty to make it 3-3.
Hartley thought they had taken the lead in the 78th minute but Tom Walsh's indirect free-kick, which sailed into the back of the net, did not touch anyone on its way in.
Nevertheless, the visitors ploughed forward and were presented with the chance to progress when Argent went down following contact from Sam Teale. He picked himself up and successfully converted his second spot-kick to fire Hartley into the next round.