Thatcham Town were knocked out of the Bluefin Challenge Cup in dramatic fashion as Flackwell Heath pinched a very late winner in their match on Saturday.
It ended 2-1 as Flackwell scored late into injury time, just moments after the Kingfishers thought they had rescued a draw.
The match survived a pitch inspection as the rain kept coming down at Waterside Park, and Jemel Johnson got Thatcham’s first chance as his close range shot was tipped over the bar.
Both sides had penalty shouts turned down early on in what was to become a bad tempered match, with plenty of bookings for both teams.
Johnson had another chance on 38 minutes but was once again denied by Flackwell keeper Daniel Weait, and it was goalless at the break.
More chances came and went for both sides after the restart, with Nathan Minhas hitting the bar for Flackwell on 66 minutes.
But a minute later the visitors finally made a breakthrough, as Dan Burnell fired home from inside the box.
Thatcham piled on the pressure and four minutes from the end Weait produced a great save to deny James Tennant, tipping the shot away.
However on 90 minutes the hosts managed to snatch an equaliser, as Michael Miller volleyed home to seemingly secure his side a replay.
Yet there was still time for more drama as Joe Blount’s shot fell to Gritt to score a late winner and send the Heathens into the quarter finals.
Thatcham can now turn their attention solely to the Hellenic Premier League, where they sit fourth on 51 points, eight behind leaders Bracknell Town.
The Kingfishers pay a visit to Oxfordshire to face Ardley United in the league on Saturday.