KENNY IRONS scored a stunning goal to flatten Premier League Chelsea and provide Town with a famous scalp in the third round of the Worthington Cup.
The former Tranmere man, pictured during the game, netted after 77 minutes with a 30-yard drive to seal a 1-0 victory.
Irons’ goal – his fourth of the season – was the first to be scored by a visiting team at Stamford Bridge that season.
And it earned Steve Bruce’s Town a tie with another top-flight team, Wimbledon.
IT TOOK two late goals by Chelsea to end plucky Town’s bid for an upset in their entertaining FA Cup third-round replay at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues, of Division II, had been made to fight for their 1-1 draw in the first match at Leeds Road, when Mark Lillis, pictured, netted for Mick Buxton’s Third Division side.
Lillis was again a dangerman in the rematch in West London, when Town created four great second-half chances before Chelsea clinched a 2-0 win through Alan Mayes (76 minutes) and Mick Fillery (88).
STEVE SMITH, left, and keeper Terry Poole, right, provided the experience in a generally young Town team who gave Chelsea a test in round three of the League Cup at Stamford Bridge.
The Second Division leaders were 2-0 winners through a Steve Finnieston brace, but Town, who were in Division IV, gave a good account of themselves.
Manager Tom Johnston claimed Gary Locke had fouled Lloyd Maitland in the build-up to the first goal saying: “It changed the game but shouldn’t have stood.”
TOWN toppled their much-fancied FA Cup fourth-round hosts Chelsea thanks to veteran Len White’s fine goal 12 minutes from time.
The former Newcastle man sprinted onto Derek Stokes’ pass to beat keeper John Dunn with a well-placed shot.
Division II Town, hampered by a knee injury to centre-back John Coddington, had been under the cosh since Bobby Tambling’s 25th-minute goal for the top-flight team cancelled out Kevin McHale’s opener 10 minutes earlier.