AFC EMLEY staged a fightback to claim their place in the FA Vase’s third round.
They will now face Barnoldswick Town away after their 3-2 win at home to Bottesford Town, but it took a spirited display by the home team after being two goals down.
It was the visitors that hit the ground running and gained an early lead when captain Danny Boulton headed home from a corner with just two minutes played.
Emley looked to draw level and might have done had Ashley Flynn’s pass to strike partner Steven Kenworthy had been a little more accurate.
It was Bottesford who were on top however, and Chris Garth managed to run in behind the home defence but fired his shot just wide of Luke Herriott’s post.
Garth went close again a few minutes later when clever interplay with Martin Pembleton almost saw the visitors double their lead but Herriott was on hand to tip the ball over.
The visitors didn’t have to wait too much longer for another chance as the resulting corner found Mark Larocca at the far post for an easy tap in from a yard out.
Emley were quick to respond and Flynn found the back of the net when he broke clear of the Bottesford defence and rifled his shot under the on-coming Rob Zand to pull a goal back for the home side.
This seemed to have the desired effect on the men in claret and blue and they could have pulled level on a number of occasions but the Bottesford defence was proving hard to breach.
It was Flynn who eventually found a way through, when his lay off to Levi Maturine left the big midfielder with work to do but he was able to squeeze his shot into the far corner from a tight angle to level.
The game turned into a battle in midfield after that with few chances to speak of. Boulton came the closest to taking the lead for his side when he ran clear, but was confronted with an on-rushing Herriott who left the striker no choice but to fire the ball into his chest and out.
The breakthrough finally came in the dying minutes of the game when substitute Brad Riley latched onto the ball on the edge of the box.
Some clever footwork allowed him to turn his markers one way then the other before curling the ball into the far corner from a tight angle.
AFC Emley: Herriott, Thornton, Sykes, Leech, Banton (Schofield), Cyrus, Joseph, Maturine (Riley), Flynn, Haigh, Kenworthy. Subs (unused): Jordan, Ingham
Bottesford: Zand, Martin, Thompson (Smith), Morrill, Larocca, McCaffrey (Hutson), Pembleton, Garth, Boulton, Larocca, Gibbons. Subs (unused): Hopkins, McCarron, Ellis