FC STRATFORD booked their place in the semi-finals of the Midland League Challenge Vase, thanks to a 4-2 win at Inkberrow.
It was far from straightforward for Dave Poulson’s men, who led 2-0, then were pegged back to 2-2 before sealing their ninth win in ten matches.
Dan Stokes gave Stratford the lead with a smart flick from Ash Wilkes’ free-kick to the near post.
Then Knight fired home a second with the aid of a deflection of an Inkberrow defender which left the keeper flat-footed and gave the visitors a 2-0 half-time lead.
Inkberrow, though, were dangerous on the counter-attack and keeper Paul Dipple made some vital saves.
But the home pressure was rewarded and Billy Coughlin and Harry Coughlin levelled matters.
With five minutes of injury time left, the odds were on a penalty shoot-out but Stratford snatched the victory.
Wilkes’ corner flew into the penalty box and defender Dan Kirby headed home and then Stokes set up Jay Tilbury to smash a left-footer into the corner of the net.
Stratford are in cup action tomorrow (Saturday) when they head of Coventry side Copsewood in the second round of the Coventry Telegraph Cup.
Meanwhile, Poulson’s men have been handed a home tie against West Midlands League Division Two side Wolverhampton United in the second round of the Birmingham Vase. It will be played on Saturday November 18.
n Stratford have bid farewell to Steve Boyce, who has switched to Bromsgrove Sporting Resereves.
The striker, who scored 14 times last term, has spent the season so far with FC Stratford’s Alliance A team because of work commitments but has was frustrated not getting into the first team.
“Boycey is a good player and one we certainly didn’t want to see leave us.” said assistant boss Tom Milward.
“He spoke to Dave and between us all we felt it was best for Steve to go and get himself game time elsewhere. The door is certainly not shut for him.
“He is a good honest lad, he just wants to play football and get back amongst the goals.”