A crowd of more than 200 witnessed history as Harborough Town players earned the club a 2 -1 win in its first ever FA Cup fixture.
Town saw off Nottingham-based Teversal FC in the preliminary fixture at Bowdens Park on Saturday.
But they did it the hard way after making the worst possible start, with Teversal scoring the opener with just a few minutes played.
From the kick off the away side won a corner and, from the resulting kick, the ball was flicked on at the near post and Will Harcourt found himself unmarked at the far post to head home.
Kicking up the slope and against the wind was never going to be easy but Harborough soon settled and tried to get the ball down and play, eventually creating two chances that tested the visiting keeper.
Despite dominating posession, Teversal failed to unlock the Harborough’s defence a second time and the home side went in one down at half time.
The second half was a different game with Harborough piling forward from the start.
And, as Teversal did in the first half, Harborough soon had the ball in the back of the net when Adie Whitmore came under pressure from an Alex MacMillan corner and could only head the ball past his own keeper to level the scores.
Buoyed by this Harborough continued to attack and Dom Page was unlucky to see both a header and a 25 yard screamer fly inches wide.
Chances were now being created and the history making goal was finally scored after 70 minutes by new signing Michael Cirelli, who fired home through a crowded area.
Harborough carved out several more opportunities in the final 20 minutes but found the visiting keeper in fine form.
Town’s defence was put under little pressure from the visiting forwards and the side were able to see out the game.
The reward for victory is an away game against Mickleover in a fortnight’s time (August 31).
The club thank the supporters who added to the occasion, which also saw a welcome return to the club for Jack Burrows.
The signing of Burrows along with another former favourite Martin Anderson by manager Chris Church this week has further strengthened the squad.