Two early goals proved to be the key for Corby Town as they booked their place in the last four of the Evo-Stik Southern League’s Red Insure Cup.
The Steelmen claimed a 3-1 success at Division One Central side Rugby Town to seal a spot in the semi-finals.
Tommy Wright fielded a strong side, which included a debut for Stephan Morley, after their Premier Division clash at Slough Town was postponed due to a frozen pitch at the weekend.
However, Claudiu Hoban - who signed from Kettering Town earlier in the day - was ineligible for the game.
Corby did all their damage in the first seven minutes as they stormed into a 2-0 lead.
Cleveland Taylor headed home from a corner after just two minutes and the Steelmen were in control when Elliott Chamberlain lobbed home the second.
It looked like Corby were set to cruise through but Rugby did get back into the game with 18 minutes to go when Richard Blythe fired home.
But any nerves from the Steelmen were settled when Spencer Weir-Daley grabbed the third in the final minute.
Corby are joined in the last four by Premier Division leaders Poole Town, Division One Central outfit Egham Town and Division One South & West side North Leigh.
The Steelmen return to league action at the weekend when they take on Chippenham Town at Steel Park.
Steelmen: Donkin, Thomas, N’Goma, Malone, Morley, Taylor, Mills, Carvalho, Morgan, Chamberlain, Weir-Daley. Subs: Kennedy, Walker, Byrne, Milnes, Revan.
Goals: Taylor (2 mins, 0-1), Chamberlain (7 mins, 0-2), Blythe (72 mins, 1-2), Weir-Daley (89 mins, 1-3).
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