Bury Town advanced into the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy after beating Herne Bay 4-3 on penalties last night.
The second qualifying round replay went down to the wire, with the Blues setting up a home tie with Thurrock in the next round a week on Saturday (3pm).
Bury started the game well and had their first chance on seven minutes, with Alfie Bedingham getting on the end of a good forward attack, but lacked power in his shot and it was an easy save for the goalkeeper.
After their good start Bury were caught out by a corner fired in and Liam Quinn headed the home side in front on 14 minutes.
With the high winds having a big effect on the game, both sides found the high balls difficult to deal with.
Bury had a chance to equalise on 37 minutes, when Bedingham and Ollie Hughes linked up well in the box and the latter beat the keeper only to then see his shot trickle past the far post.
The Blues were dominant at the start of the second-half as they took control of the game.
On 48 minutes Hughes battled though on goal but left it late to get his shot away and the keeper made the save.
Bury got the equaliser six minutes later though, as more good build up by Bedingham and Daniel Hammett saw Matt Collins fire the visitors level.
Ben Chenery’s side created chance after chance but were unable to make another breakthrough.
Herne Bay were reduced to ten men on 67 minutes when Gary Sayer was sent off, after picking up a straight red for a foul on Hughes as he was the last man through on goal. T
here was late drama again as with 94 minutes on the clock Bury finally converted one of their many chances, only for it to be ruled offside in a very tight discussion by the linesman.
Neither side could make anything happen in front of goal in extra-time and the game went to a penalty shootout.
With the shootout level at 3-3 after five spot kicks each, Neil O’Sullivan saved Herne Bay’s first sudden death penalty and captain fantastic Phil Weavers scored to win the tie for Bury and send the Blues through to the next round.