Darren Lok struck an injury time winner as Eastbourne Borough recorded a pulsating 3-2 FA Cup victory in Kingstonian.
Eastbourne Borough were keen to progress from the FA Cup third qualifying round without the drama of the previous round at Enfield.
There it took a replay, extra-time and penalties to progress from an extraordinary Cup tie.
This time at Kingstonian Borough fielded a powerful looking side that boosted a strike force of Richard Pacquette, Elliott Charles, Gavin McCallum with Simon Johnson lurking behind.
Borough were well and truly at full strength and they started the tie well.
Former Borough player Elvis Hammond was in the Kingstonian line-up but Tommy Widdrington’s visitors were dominant in the opening exchanges.
Borough created four or five half chances and the only surprise was that it took until 44 minutes for them to open the scoring through Johnson.
It was a comfortable first half for the The Sports with the frustration being they didn’t lead by more goals.
That soon changed early in the second period. Lloyd Foot replaced Adam Watts who hobbled off with a hamstring injury and the former Southampton youth player soon made his mark as he made it 2-0 on 55 minutes.
The second goal prompted a double substitution from Kingstonian as Nathaniel Pinney came on for Alex Addai and Daniel Sweeney replaced Tommy Kavanagh.
It certainly brought the desired response and it was that man Hammond who scored against his old club and brought the scores back to 2-1.
Lewis Carey, the penalty shoot-out hero from Enfield was at his best to deny Kingstonian as they pushed for an equaliser.
But the home side had their tails up and Hammond scored his second of the match to level the tie.
Widdrington went back on the attack and brought on strikers Darren Lok and James Walker from the bench.
Four additional minutes were added on and Lok, so often the scorer of crucial late goals for Borough, pounced to net the winner in the dying seconds.
Borough fans were desperate for a cup run this season, it certainly hasn’t been an easy ride so far but it has been great fun and Borough are in the hat for the fourth round qualifying draw that will be made on Monday.
They are now just one match away from the first round proper. Whatever happens next, judging from the previous two rounds, it’s sure to be interesting.
See Tuesday’s Gazette and Friday’s Herald for all the latest news on Eastbourne Borough.
KINGSTONIAN: Tolfrey, Drage, Casey, Kavanagh, Page, Inns, Berry, Laidler, Hammond, McCollin, Addai.
Subs: Henry, Blake, Pinney, Sweeney, Lovett, Robson, Goode.
Eastbourne Borough: Carey, Hamilton, Beale, Aldred, Simpemba, Watts, McCallum, Sinclair, Pacquette, Johnson, Charles
Subs: Lovett, Foot, Worrall, Walker, Lok, Rogers, Khinda-John.