Dronfield Town wrote a new chapter in the club’s history books when they competed in the second round of the FA Vase - their first venture in a national competition.
Maltby Main, of the Northern Counties East League Premier, were the visitors to Stonelow on Saturday to take on a Dronfield side buoyed by their first win of the season seven days previously.
Dronfield, who ply their trade a step below their opponents in the NCEL Division One, were unphased by the occasion and got their rewards for a bright start to the match.
Mark West made the breakthrough on nine minutes before he doubled Dronfield’s lead 12 minutes later as the hosts pressed Maltby all over the pitch to recover the ball.
Maltby come out for the second half determined to make their higher standing tell and pulled a goal back through Lee Jordan just after the break.
Town battled hard to keep them at bay, whilst having their own chances to extend their lead, but there resolve was broken when Brian Cusworth levelled to take the game to extra-time.
Dronfield found a second wind and Jack Hague got the goal to put the hosts in poll position once more before Maltby struck back through Ben Thornton to set up a replay on Wednesday night.
Dronfield’s first team manager Craig Butler was a proud man and outlined what playing against national opposition meant to the whole club.
He said: “Competing in the FA Vase is an absolutely outstanding achievement, not just for the first team, but for all involved with Dronfield Town and is something we are all very proud of.
“Since forming as a team we have progressed through 9 leagues and this shows all teams / clubs that with hard work, loyalty and commitment what can be achieved.”