Matt McGlinchey’s late strike fired ten-man Ripon City into the West Riding County Challenge Cup fourth round, at the expense of dear rivals Boroughbridge.
The game looked destined for extra-time after a drab two periods of football until McGlinchey’s smacked in from long-range two minutes from time.
“It was good to get a win and to progress,” said City boss Charlie Brown.
“It was by far from the best game in the world. It was a poor, scrappy affair.
“But with all that said, to do what we did, we were the better team throughout.
“We had looked really comfortable and Hoggy in goal had nothing to do.
“We had some good chances to go in front.
“And then Matty caught everyone by surprise. I thought he would cross it but he absolutely rifled it into the top corner.”
City’s single goal victory was made even sweeter after playing almost all of the second half with ten men.
The referee gave striker Tom Leeming a straight red card for raising his hands and shoving a ‘Bridge defender after receiving a heavy tackle.
But Brown said the referee had got the decision wrong.
He added: “The referee gave it as violent conduct but it was only a push.
“If anything it wasn’t as bad as the challenge that came through him.
“It made us push Duncan Terry further up. We didn’t want to sit back. We knew we had to go and get that goal.
“They had a spell after that but for all they had, we didn’t panic. We looked after the ball better and carved out a couple of chances.”
City will play another West Yorkshire side Leeds City in round four.
“I am really pleased we are in the draw,” Brown said.
“We could have done without City, but we could have done without Bardsey and Boroughbridge in the last two round.
“We just have to play well and get that bit of luck and we’ll have every chance.”
City welcome in-form Otley Town to Mallorie Park on Saturday, a side that has moved up to 11th from the relegation zone in the last three weeks.
City comfortably beat Otley 2-0 away last month but Brown expects a trickier test this time around.
“It’s another game on paper we should go and be careful with,” added Brown.
“If we turn up and perform we will go and beat them.”