Uppingham Town did what few others have achieved this year and held top of the PDFL Premier Division side Oakham United goaless for 90 minutes on Saturday but the home side showed their superior fitness to win 3-0 in extra time to advance in the President Premier Shield clash.
Oakham scored three goals in extra time through Eddie McDonald, Dan Jenkin and Ben Easson.
Man of the match Easson played a role in each goal to cap a fine performance.
On paper the match should have been a massive miss-match as Oakham started 13 places above Uppingham in the league standings and were at home at their new impressive Barlythorpe ground, but anything can happen in cup football and it was the visitors who made the better start to the game.
Town’s Rob Forster forced a low save out of United keeper Simon Dalton early on.
Dalton and his opposite number Tom Hubbard were largely responsible for the stalemate at the end of regular time, both making excellent saves to keep their sides in the match.
Oakham were on top in the second half and thought they had taken the lead through former Uppingham striker Dave Laughton, now playing in the yellow and green of United, put the ball in the back of the net but the goal was marked off for offside by the linesman.
Late in the game McDonald went agonisingly close when his effort had Hubbard beaten but struck the Uppingham upright and bounced clear.
But 13 minutes into extra time the excellent Easson hit the ball hard and low across the box for McDonald to pounce and beat the Uppingham stopper at the near post for the goal his performance deserved.
Uppingham didn’t sit back and chased for an equaliser leaving gaps across the pitch.
Jenkin made the result safe with a looping header from an Easson corner and then the provider turned goal scorer when he hit a drive under Hubbard.
While Oakham were in cup action their league rivals Coates Athletic were beating Sawtry 3-2 thanks to two goals from Danny Dance and one from Jamie Darlow to replace them at the top of the division.
Coates now have a two point lead at the top of the PDFL Premier Division but Oakham have three games in hand.
Oakham: Simon Dalton, Stu Lambie, Craig Welbourn, Robbie Pearce, Ben Cox (Dan Jenkin), Matty Holland, Ben Easson, Adam Rothery, Edward McDonald (c) (Rick Phoenix), Dave Laughton (Tom Caldicott), Robbie Dance. Subs: Nathan Arkle, Michael Well.
Uppingham: Tom Hubbard, Steve Wallhead, Matty Hill, Jake Norton (Jamie Howe), Mark Dimech, Martin Bennett, Rob Forster, Jamie Dumford (Will Thomas), Jamie Binley (Callum Campbell), Danny Dumford, Jordan Neil. Subs: Ryan Walker.