Jon Adams punished a goalkeeping blunder in the last minute of extra time to earn Leamington a Birmingham Senior Cup upset against Solihull Borough last night.
The Brakes, looking to bounce back from their FA Cup rout at Colchester, won 3-2 at the New Windmill Ground to reach the fourth round in their first season back in the county's leading competition.
The Midland Alliance side had fallen behind on 22 minutes when John Grady fired home but home skipper Leon Morgan levelled on the hour mark when Boro goalkeeper Shaun Hayes parried.
The Brakes went ahead through Kristian Kelsall's strike five minutes into extra time, despite protests of handball from Solihull, but it was 2-2 ten minutes later through Dean Wellington. With penalties looming, Adams tucked home the Leamington winner when Hayes spilled the ball.
Nuneaton Borough twice hit back to end Northwich Victoria's 100 per cent winning home record in the Nationwide North's second v third clash.
The Vics, managed by former Boro manager Steve Burr, twice led through ex-Cheltenham Town striker Paul Brayson but Gary Fitzpatrick and Kevin Wilkin hauled Nuneaton level at 2-2.
The night's winners, however, were Stafford Rangers, whose 3-2 success at Stalybridge Celtic left them three points clear of Northwich and seven clear of Boro, although but they both have two games in hand.
An 86th-minute own goal from goalkeeper Darren Knurek sent Evesham United to a 3-2 defeat at Banbury United in the Southern League's Premier Division.
John Williams' first goal for the Robins had cancelled out Andy Baird's 31st-minute opener within five minutes and then Richard Ball continued his goal spree to level five minutes after Ady Fuller fired home a penalty for Banbury. n Worcester City will be in line for a #75,000 bonus if they can overcome Chippenham Town in next Monday's FA Cup replay.
The winners of next week's first- round clash at St George's Lane will have their home tie with League One side Huddersfield Town broadcast live on BBC's Match of the Day. The match would be played on Sunday December 3 (1.10pm kick off), with the clubs pocketing # 75,000 for television transmission.
Giant-killers Tamworth's tie at Hartlepool has been overlooked, however, with Sky plumping for the Mansfield Town v Grays Athletic contest as their match. n Worcester's Nationwide North match at Redditch United last night fell victim to torrential rain.