Josh Moreman went from zero to hero as his dramatic late winner sealed Corby Town a 3-2 win over Wealdstone in their FA Carlsberg Trophy third round replay at Steel Park.
Having been sent off for dissent in the 1-1 draw in London on Saturday, the frontman popped up with the winner in stoppage-time as Corby twice came from behind to book their spot.
The game was delayed by 15 minutes due to Wealdstone arriving late after being held up on the A1.
But it didn’t seem to affect the visitors as they took the lead inside the first 10 minutes. Tom Pett skipped past Stefan Galinski on the left wing and squared for Peter Dean who beat Paul Walker with a crisp shot.
Corby’s response to that early setback was good. Paul Malone saw a header saved by Rikki Banks, who then reacted brilliantly to stop Malone’s follow-up shot.
Sam Ives was also denied by Banks before there was a moment of controversy when Walker was ruled to have handled outside the penalty area. However, he escaped with just a yellow card.
But Corby continued to push and Greg Kaziboni should have levelled after he went clean through while Ives’ shot was deflected to safety.
However, the breakthrough did arrive just before half-time. Avelino Vieira got away down the left and eventually found Ives who thumped his volley into the corner with the aid of a deflection.
Ives also had a good shout for a penalty turned down in stoppage-time when he appeared to be brought down and Corby started the second half brightly enough with Vieira wasting a golden chance when he shot wide from Josh Moreman’s low cross.
But Wealdstone gradually fought their way back into the game and they regained the lead shortly after Lee Chappell had shot just wide.
This time it was Richard Jolly who did the leg work and his cross to the far post was converted by Dean for his second of the night.
Almost immediately, Ives struck the post and Moreman was denied by a good save from Banks after he was sent clear by Vieira.
Plummer threw on Leon McKenzie in a bid to find the equaliser and, after Moreman had seen a shot cleared off the line by Sean Cronin having got past Banks, the experienced frontman was the next to be denied by the Wealdstone stopper as he parried his shot away.
But, from the resulting corner, the leveller did come as Carl Piergianni appeared to get the final touch to finally beat Banks.
Ives was denied by the goalkeeper as Corby went for a winner but Wealdstone who had a brilliantt chance in the dying seconds when Jolly was sent clean through. However, he could only blaze over the bar.
And that left the door open for Moreman to grab the glory as he raced away on the left and beat Banks at his near post and earn Corby a shot at Hayes & Yeading United on Saturday week.
Steelmen: Walker; Horne, Malone, Galinski (sub McKenzie, 78 mins), Crowe (sub Piergianni, 61 mins); L Webb, Wedderburn; Kaziboni, Ives, Moreman; Vieira. Subs not used: Briand, McGowan, Manga.
Wealdstone: Banks; N Webb, Parker, Cronin, Chappell; Brooks, Dyer, O’Leary, Pett (sub Hammond, 81 mins); Dean, Jolly. Subs not used: Nicholas, Baidoo, Jordan, Haxhia.
Referee: Michael D’Aguilar.
Goals: Dean (9 mins, 0-1), Ives (44 mins, 1-1), Dean (68 mins, 1-2), Piergianni (82 mins, 2-2), Moreman (90 mins, 3-2).
Bookings: Chappell, N Webb, Parker (all fouls), Walker (deliberate handball).