Knaresborough Town woke up on Thursday morning celebrating their first cup final appearance since stepping into the Northern Counties League.
Town headed down to the East Midlands full strength yesterday evening and shocked NCEL Premier outfit Long Eaton United 1-0 thanks to George Eustance’s goal.
Having already pick-pocketed Premier sides Garforth Town and Bridlington Town in the cup, Brian Davey’s men made it a lucky third giant-killing to reach the final.
They await either Eccleshill United or Heanor Town in next month’s final, with the other semi-final scheduled to take place on Tuesday evening.
Before Wednesday’s result, club spokesman Ian Pickles said the cup run had grown the stature of the club in the Northern Counties leagues.
“It’s created a bit more interest,” he said.
“There is a lot of kudos that comes with reaching a cup final. We want to win silverware, and this cup has given us something to play for at the end of the year.”
Town’s preparations for the cup semi-final hit a snag on Saturday, however, when AFC Emley toppled them 2-0 at Ellmont Avenue.
The defeat ended the Reds’ incredible ten match winning streak in all competitions, which dated back to February 25th.
In-form forward Colin Heath struck the post with a crucial penalty three minutes after Emley opened the scoring. The home side then scored a second to rise one place above Boro into ninth.
Pickles said: “We deserved to lose. It was a disappointing performance.
“It was a bad day at the office. You can’t pin point it down to anything.”
This week, Knaresborough face their final home clash of the season when 15th-placed Dronfield Town arrive at Manse Lane on Saturday.
The Sheffield-based outfit stole a 2-2 draw in the final moments when the sides met in November.
Pickles added: “They are a useful outfit,
“They have kept coming up with good results, including beating Shaw Lane Aquaforce twice, so they can play.”
Boro’s game with Shaw Lane Aquaforce has been rearranged for April 24.
Boro’s reserves had their promotion hopes taken out of their hands on Saturday, after being held to a goalless draw by leaders Robin Hood Bay at Manse Lane.
Jeff Wells’ third-placed men must win their two remaining West Yorkshire League Division One matches and pray Old Modernians slip up in their five.
Town reserves next play Sherburn White Rose at home on April 26.