Hemsworth MW made it through to the third qualifying round of the Buildbase FA Vase, but only after a mighty struggle with neighbours Glasshoughton Welfare in a replay on Tuesday night.
The two local rivals were meeting for the second time in three days after drawing their initial tie 2-2 at Glasshoughton’s Leeds Road ground and they finished level again, 1-1 after extra-time. But it was Hemsworth who emerged 3-2 winners in a penalty shoot-out as Luke Danville held his nerve to score the decisive penalty.
Nathan Keightley and Ryan Poskitt put away their penalties for Welfare, but Adam Hayton, Conor Glavin and Mike Brearley all failed. Nick Guest missed for Hemsworth, but Del Pollock, Brice Tiani and Danville netted.
In the game itself, Glasshoughton more than matched their higher league opponents and went ahead through Richard Collier.
Hemsworth, who have several of their star players on the treatment table, equalised on the stroke of half-time when Dom Blair netted.
It stayed 1-1 into extra-time when Collier hit the bar for Glasshoughton and Hemsworth’s Daniel Henighan watched his goal-bound effort cleared off the line.
Although Nathan Keightley’s late extra-time goal gave Glasshoughton a draw last Saturday it could have been different had a little bit more luck been with the home side as they hit the woodwork twice.
The first quarter saw home keeper Dan Waring doing well to spring to his right to palm an Ashley Smith effort over.
Welfare came back and Keightley saw his header hit the crossbar after a great move down the left involving Rich Collier and Mike Brearley. Ashley Scothern could then only head the rebound over.
Glasshoughton went close again when Keightley fired a shot that went just wide.
The second half saw Scothern firing wide with only Leigh to beat. Guest had a great chance for Hemsworth on 55 minutes when he headed wide with only Waring to beat, but two minutes later Brice Tiani did get the first goal, putting away a penalty awarded for a foul by the otherwise flawless MOM Andy McManus.
Welfare subs Connor Glavin and Brad Kilner made an immediate impression when coming on with Glavin striking the bar from a free-kick then Kilner equalising with virtually his first touch, heading home from a corner.
Andy Horbury replaced Scothern with 10 minutes left and he had a great chance when put through by Collier, but the ball was cleared off his feet as he bore down on goal.
At the other end Waring saved at the feet former Glasshoughton player Del Pollock.
In extra-time Hemsworth regained the lead six minutes in when Sam Jones hit home their second penalty after Sam Varley had upended a player.
But once again the home side came back with some force. Horbury headed a corner straight at Leigh and then beat two defenders only to scuff his shot wide.
Welfare got their deserved second equaliser after 112 minutes as a great ball was flicked onto Keightley and he held off two defenders on the edge of the area before hitting a shot beyond keeper Sam Leigh.