Holbeach United joint-manager Graham Drury praised his side’s spirit in edging past Huntingdon Town in the FA Vase second round on Saturday.
Goals by Kern Miller, Craig Parker and Jamie Clarke earned the Tigers payback for a 2-0 UCL Premier Division defeat against the Croms in September.
Drury said: “It was a proper cup tie and credit to both sides for trying to play the game in the right way.
“I was very disappointed in the two goals we conceded and it was very frustrating because we didn’t really give them a lot of chances.
“The shape we adopted was to match them up because they play really compactly and don’t concede many goals.
“We really stretched them out wide and I thought Danny Steadman was unbelievable, picking up every second ball and getting us on the front foot.
“Jamie Clarke had two chances and the sign of a great striker is that he never stops believing.
“That’s why I brought him to the club and he’s a class act.”
Clarke himself said: “The only words to describe the win is I’m overwhelmed and after going 1-0 and 2-1 down, it was a test of character.
“But our character was second to none and we’ve just got a siege mentality at the moment.”