Corby Town’s youngsters secured a place in the last eight of the Southern League’s Red Insure Cup as they claimed a fine 1-0 success at Royston Town.
Connor Goddard’s first goal for the Steelmen in the opening half proved decisive on a night when Corby’s youngsters took the opportunity to shine.
Boss Tommy Wright, who named himself on the bench, chose to rest virtually all of his senior players ahead of Saturday’s showdown with Premier Division leaders Poole Town.
Connor Kennedy was the only first-team regular to start the third-round tie with eight of the 11 being players in the Tresham academy.
Royston had a goal ruled out for a foul before Goddard grabbed what proved to be the winning goal.
And the young Steelmen held firm during the second period with their task being made easier when home goalkeeper Dominic Russo was sent off for deliberate handball outside the area when he saved from Goddard.
It meant Robbie Nightingale had to take over the gloves for Royston and they were unable to find a way back.
Don’t miss all the build-up to Corby Town’s clash with Poole Town in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph