STAFFORD Town manager Adam Cunningham scored an extra time winner to put his side into the next round of the FA Vase with a 3-2 win against Bewdley Town.
The Reds started brightly and had the ball in the home net after just 40 seconds when Morgan Hurley netted after being put through on goal by Chris Morris, however the assistant referees flag for offside ended the celebrations.
All the early pressure came from the visitors and they played with much more confidence after Tuesday night’s league victory.
Stafford took the lead in the 18th minute when Hurley was tripped in the penalty area as he attempted to find room for a shot on goal and Chris Morris dispatched the penalty powerfully into the net past Simon Dye.
Bewdley began to play with more purpose and Luke Towler’s shot was tipped over the bar by Ben Sturgeon making his debut in goal.
Just as it looked as though Stafford would end the half in the lead, Towler’s looping shot equalised two minutes before the break.
Both side pushed forward in the second half but an exciting game lacked quality play from either side.
Darryll Johns almost regained the lead for Stafford but his header was kicked off the line after 56 minutes.
Eleven minutes from time Hurley got to the bye line and pulled the ball back for substitute Adam Cunningham to regain the lead for the visitors.
The lead lasted just four minutes, Sturgeon saved a headed effort but conceded a corner and the set piece was headed into the net by Bewdley substitute Zak Marriott.
With the scores level at 2-2 after 90 minutes the match went to extra time.
Manager, Adam Cunningham grabbed the winning goal five minutes into extra time when Dye dropped a cross from George Burslem and Cunningham back healed the ball into the net to set up a Second Qualifying Round trip to Bromsgrove Sporting on September 21.
On Saturday 14 The Reds entertain Coventry Sporting in a League fixture, the match at Evans Park kicks off at 3pm.