Worcester City 1 Chippenham Town 0
It was a night of drama and short tempers as Worcester City booked their place in the second round of the FA Cup.
Adam Webster's late winner was enough to earn a high-profile live televised date with Huddersfield Town. But the game turned on the controversial incident just before Webster scored which reduced Chippenham Town to ten men.
That should not still take anything away from a battling display by Andy Preece's men who fully deserved the rewards that will now come their way.
Had it not been for the efforts of visiting keeper Peter Trego, better known for his cricketing ability, Worcester would have been home and hosed by the break.
Trego played Minor Counties cricket for Herefordshire last season before moving to Middlesex. But he proved just as adept with a bigger ball, making three blinding firsthalf saves, as he turned Chris Smith's header over and parried shots from Nick Colley and Webster.
Chippenham's best chance came early in the second half when City keeper Danny McDonnell blocked Sam Allison's shot close-range. Then came the two moments which settled the contest.
First, visiting midfielder Iain Harvey was booked for a foul and referee Phil Gibbs showed him a yellow card, followed by an immediate red, indicating it was for a second bookable offence.
But Harvey had not previously been booked, and the Chippenham players and bench reacted angrily.
After a two-minute delay, Harvey was eventually ushered off the pitch to the dressing room still protesting his innocence, with Mr Gibbs now making gestures to the effect that the player had received his second booking for foul and abusive language.
Mr Gibbs had failed to stamp his authority from the moment he only booked Mark Badman for the game's first bad tackle. And the allimportant Harvey incident was one that neither he nor Chippenham may have heard the last of. And it visibly affected the Wiltshire side. Within four minutes, Worcester had booked their place in round two.
The visiting defence failed to clear as Webster lashed at goal from a tight angle. And Trego, for so long the hero, made a mess, his decision to save with his legs proving the wrong one as the ball cannoned in.
With a £130,000 payday awaiting Worcester on Sunday December 5 - a game that may be switched to Sixways - there surely cannot have been many happier nights at St George's Lane.