Joint-manager Andrew Wilson hailed a fine second-half display as Corby Town booked their place in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup.
The Steelmen fell behind early on in Wednesday’s second qualifying round replay with Mickleover Sports at Steel Park but they fought back to eventually claim a 5-2 success – their sixth win in a row at home.
Tom James equalised before half-time while Tom Berwick, Brad-Lee Gascoigne and Nabil Shariff (2) finished the job after the break.
And Wilson admitted there was also a feeling of relief as Corby finished the job against their Evo-Stik Northern League Division One South opponents following the 3-3 draw in Derbyshire last weekend.
“It was a good second-half performance,” joint-boss Wilson said.
“We didn’t start the game well, they came at us with everything they had for the first 25 minutes or so.
“But to get the goal just before half-time was crucial and once we went 2-1 we produced some quality football. Little pockets of space appeared and we took advantage of that.
“I think we can count ourselves a bit fortunate because we could have easily been beaten at the weekend.
“We started that game so well, went 2-0 up and then a bit of complacency set in. By the end, Mickleover had the chances to beat us.
“But they didn’t take those opportunities and, thankfully, we made them pay for it.”
The victory means the Steelmen will now take on Evo-Stik Northern League Premier Division side Trafford in the third qualifying round at Steel Park a week on Saturday (October 12).
Trafford recorded the best result in the club’s history in the second qualifying round when they beat Skrill North high-fliers Altrincham 2-1 last weekend.
And that result alone has made Wilson extremely wary of what the Steelmen will be up against when the two sides meet for a place alongside the Skrill Premier sides in the fourth qualifying round draw.
“I know from my time with Histon that any side who beats Altrincham must be decent,” the Corby joint-manager added.
“We have started doing a bit of homework on them and by the time the game comes around, we will have a fair idea of how they set up.
“But we will be at home and our form there has been decent. It is an opportunity for us but, like I have said before, it is an opportunity for our opponents as well.”
The Steelmen, who travel to second-placed Bideford in the Calor League Premier Division this weekend, earned £4,500 from the FA Cup prize fund for Wednesday’s win and there will be £7,500 on the line in the next round.