Bideford edged through to the next round of the FA Trophy with a replay win against Farnborough on Monday night.
The Robins travelled to Hampshire following a 1-1 draw at the Sports Ground on Saturday – but there was still nothing to separate the teams at the end of another 120 minutes in the replay.
Sean Downing had drawn first blood for Bideford with a sublime free-kick on Saturday, before Bogdan Vastsuk replied for Farnborough.
But at Cherrywood Road on Monday, it was the Ryman Isthmian Football League Premier Division side that opened the scoring, Nick Brown slotting home with his left foot from just inside the area after a nicely worked short free-kick on the half-hour mark.
The advantage lasted less than two minutes as Bideford equalised from the penalty spot. Matt Hockley stepped up to fire beyond Joe Tupper after Gary MacDonald’s clumsy challenge in the box.
A second half with few clear-cut chances meant the scored remained locked at 1-1 at 90 minutes.
In extra-time, Boro thought they had booked their place in the next round when Lewis Collins thundered a 35-yard screamer past Kyle Moore.
But Bideford are nothing if not resilient and, with just 10 minutes remaining, a moment of class from Stephen Reed saw him curl a free-kick around the wall and beyond Tupper to level the match at 2-2.
Tupper then denied Sean Downing with a spectacular save as the Robins pressed for a winner, but the home defence held firm to force the lottery of penalties.
And it was Bideford who came out on top as they edged home 5-4 with well-taken penalties by Nick Barker, Reed, Ian Sampson, Downing and Billy Tucker.
The win earned Bideford a place in the second round qualifying as well as the £2,700 from the FA’s prize fund.
They are one of 72 teams left in this year’s competition and will face either Aylesbury or Brentwood Town at the Sports Ground on November 14.
Bideford’s best run in the FA Trophy came in the 1969–70 season, where they made it to the second round of the competition.
Bideford play Kettering Town at The Sports Ground on Saturday.