BROCTON fought back with ten men to win 4-3 in a seven goal FA Vase thriller at Lichfield City to preserve their eight game winning streak.
The Badgers were well below their best form and the game began with Lichfield quickly into their stride and in their first attack, the ball had to be poked out for a corner after Kyle Minto had forced his way into the box.
Lichfield then broke down the right hand flank and what seemed a fair tackle by Jamie Evans was adjudged to be a foul by the referee even though his assistant who was much closer did not signal, Oliver Budd coolly placed the spot kick wide of Whitehouse to give City the lead.
Dale Roberts and Jordan Bloor replaced Mark Cooper and Liam Haycock for the start of the second half, but Bloor’s contribution lasted barely a minute when after being fouled he retaliated with an elbow and was sent off.
Brocton got a break as the ball bounced beyond the Lichfield back line and quick thinking Charie took it into the box, only for Johnson to save bravely at his feet.
Johnson seemed to have worked a second miracle when repeating the feat against Craig Hume a minute later, but Hulme then collected the loose ball and chipped it over the keeper and covering defenders to bring Brocton level at 1-1.
Minto gave way to Lewis Bourne and that substitution seemed to have gone wrong when a cheeky back heel gave Lukas Putka a goal that saw the ten men of Brocton go 2-1 up.
They defended well to preserve the lead until deep into stoppage time when from a free kick on the left, Bourne powered a header into the net to level the score and bring on extra time.
Barely a minute into the first period of extra time a low cross from the left went all across the goal and Danny Worrall arrived with perfect timing to strike it home and give City a 3-2 lead.
Skipper Matt Skinner epitomized Brocton's spirit as he brought the Badgers back on terms again with a powerful downward header from a free kick.
It was clear that players on both sides were feeling their legs and a replay seemed the most likely outcome, but still there was drama in store.Hulme rode three tackles as he jinked into the box with time running out only for Danny McLeod to trip him.
There was a long delay whilst Mcleod received treatment from the physio but Dave Ablewhite kept his nerve and won it for the Badgers from the spot as he sent Johnson the wrong way.
Victory sets them up for a FA Vase second qualifying clash against Wolverhampton Casuals at Silkmore Lane on September 21.
This Saturday, Brocton face a tough first qualifying round of the FA Cup when they travel to face Evo-Stik 1 side Halesowen Town whilst the Reserves face Bolehall Swifts at Silkmore Lane –both games kick off at 3pm.