Deeping United progress in the Lincolnshire Junior Cup with victory over Spilsby Town
Joint manager Ian Abbott hailed Deeping United's Lincolnshire Junior Cup triumph at Spilsby Town on Saturday as the club's best-ever win.
Goals from Nathan Smith (two) and Steve Jucikas secured victory for the Peterborough League Division Three side against their Boston League Premier Division hosts.
United raced into a three-goal lead before Spilsby struck back twice late on as Deeping finished the match with 10 men following the sending off of Connor Barton for violent conduct.
Abbott said: "It's our biggest and best win as a club for me because Spilsby are one of the better sides in the Boston Premier Division.
"It was a bigger win than the cup final last season and a massive start for us. We set up well, kept compact and narrow and our midfield of Jorge Barbosa, Matty Kent and Ben Catanach along with Markus Turunen were superb while we were always threatening going forward."
United took time to settle into the first round contest but hit the front after 17 minutes when Smith fed the ball through to Jucikas who finished with aplomb.
The lead was then doubled eight minutes before half-time when Josh Raven, Catanach and Smith combined in a well-worked passing move down the right-hand side which ended with Smith steering the ball home.
Spilsby came out for the second half with more urgency and United had to defend well to repel their raids with Raven in fine form for the visitors in their defensive ranks.
They then increased their lead further midway through the second half with man-of-the-match Catanach breaking forward before crossing for Smith to head home and finish another polished move.
United continued to look comfortable and Jucikas missed a gilt-edged chance from close range to score their fourth goal when well-placed.
A well-worked setpiece then saw Spilsby reduce the arrears with 15 minutes remaining before the hosts struck again late on to set up a nervy finale.
Barton was red-carded for kicking out at a home player as they attempted to retrieve the ball following the second goal.
And Spilsby piled on the pressure in the dying throes but United held out through a lengthy period of injury time to book their place in the next round where they will host Crowland Town.
Deeping United A made the long trip to Scunthorpe to face Crowle Colts who ran out emphatic 12-0 winners against the Peterborough League Division Five side.
Stamford Lions lost 5-1 at home to Lincoln United's Development team.