Corby Town required a late fightback to get past a battling Desborough Town side in the quarter-finals of the NFA Hillier Senior Cup at Steel Park.
The Steelmen eventually won the clash 2-1 but not before they had been given a fright by Ian Walker’s ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division side.
As expected, with no game this weekend, Tommy Wright named a strong starting line-up, which included the manager himself.
But Ar Tarn took a shock lead on 16 minutes when Mark Forbes’ free-kick was headed home by Liam Boath.
And they could have added to that lead in the second half when they were denied by a post while Michael Byrne fired over from a good position and then had the ball in the net, only to be denied by an offside flag.
Desborough appeared to be heading for a famous win but the Steelmen grabbed an equaliser with nine minutes left on the clock when Elliott Chamberlain capitalised on a defensive error.
And the winner arrived on 85 minutes when Ben Milnes beat two men before firing past Richard Lavin to seal the victory.
Corby now have a week of inactivity with their next game due to be against Arlesey Town in the second round of the Red Insure Cup next Wednesday.
Desborough, meanwhile, return to UCL duty on Saturday when they take on Harrowby United at the Waterworks Field.
Steelmen: Donkin, Hartley, Bentley, Malone, Anton, Milnes, Mills, Byrne, Chamberlain, Wright, May. Subs: Kennedy, Clarke, Taylor, Buckby, Crawford
Desborough: Lavin, Bradshaw, Glass, Boath, Adams, Davies, Redding, Forbes, Byrne, Bettles, Arnold. Subs: Goodall, Boyle-Chong, Traynor.
Goals: Boath (16 mins, 0-1), Chamberlain (81 mins, 1-1), Milnes (85 mins, 2-1).