Josh Ford headed a late extra-time winner as Boston Town shocked Spalding United 3-2 in a remarkable UCL Knockout Cup derby on Tuesday night.
The South Holland-based hitman capitalised on hesitant Tulips defending to nod past Tom Roberts in the 117th minute at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field to end Spalding’s hopes of retaining the trophy.
Ex-Tulip striker Ford had earlier rifled Boston ahead with a well-placed 25-yard free kick on the half hour in the second round tie.
The Poachers, beaten 12-0 on their last visit to the Sir Halley, held onto that lead all the way until the 90th minute, when Ross Watson stole in at the near post to fire his first Spalding goal and force extra time.
Normal service then looked to be resumed when Adam Jackson smashed a simply stunning 25-yard effort into the top right corner four minutes into the additional period to put the hosts 2-1 up.
But Boston had other ideas and restored parity once again when substitute Tom Hobson finished smartly at the near post on 107 minutes after fine play from Daryl Clare.
Penalties then loomed large, but Ford was’t quite done. He got in behind Jackson and glanced the ball past the onrushing Roberts to seal a memorable win for Nathan Collins’ side.
The Tulips have now exited two cup competitions in the space of a week, having been dumped out of the Lincs FA Senior Trophy by Stamford last Tuesday night.
Deeping Rangers are also out of the county competition after losing 1-0 at home to higher-graded Grantham Town at Outgang Road.
Grantham will now meet Spalding’s conquerors Stamford in the last four.
More on both games in Thursday’s Spalding Guardian.