An early goal from Gary King sealed a trip to Wembley Stadium for Cleethorpes Town as the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division leaders booked their place in the FA Vase final on Saturday.
After a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their semi-final at Bromsgrove Sporting, the Owls knew a win of any kind would ensure their first ever visit to the national stadium and the first appearance in the final for an NCEL side since Brigg Town lifted the trophy in 2003.
And, King's exquisitely lobbed goal in the opening minutes was enough as the jubilant hosts went through, 2-1 on aggregate, to face the Ebac Northern League's South Shields in May.
And, it proved a good day in the league for Cleethorpes as well as their closest title rivals, Pickering Town
, were unable to replace them at the summit as the Pikes were held 0-0 at bottom side Retford United
who narrowly closed the gap to safety for them to seven points.
Third-placed Bridlington Town
moved to within six points of the top as two goals each for Chris Jenkinson and Andrew Norfolk helped them to a 6-1 home defeat of Rainworth Miners Welfare
, Brett Agnew and Jake Day also netting for the Seasiders whilst Matthew Sykes found the net for the visitors.
Any faint hopes of a title challenge for the other two sides in the top five were almost all-but extinguished as Handsworth Parramore
both fell to defeats.
The Amber Parras were leading 2-1 at home to Clipstone
going into the final few minutes but Gareth Curtis grabbed his second for the away side's equaliser on 89 and then a Keenan Leeds penalty in stoppage time saw the Cobras snatch the points in dramatic fashion.
Thackley, meanwhile, went down 1-0 at AFC Mansfield
, Callum Lloyd scoring for the Bulls who climb up to sixth, now four points away from their opponents.
Staveley Miners Welfare
move up to eighth after a 5-0 home victory over Barton Town Old Boys
, Tyla Bell with a late hat-trick sealing the win for the hosts whilst the Swans continue to look nervously over their shoulder at the bottom three.
and Armthorpe Welfare
, though, remain alongside Retford in the relegation zone after defeats.
Jack Briscoe and Kai Hancock condemned Parkgate to a 2-0 loss at Athersley Recreation
whilst Kyle Jordan struck twice for Worksop Town
as they came from behind to beat hosts Armthorpe, 2-1.
won 1-0 at home to Bottesford Town
, Shawn Mitchell with the 72nd minute decider, whilst it was goalless between Liversedge
and Hemsworth Miners Welfare
In Division One, a hat-trick from Jordan Turner helped leaders Pontefract Collieries
extend the gap over third-placed Hall Road Rangers
to nine points after a 4-0 home victory over their rivals, Christopher Jackson also getting on the scoresheet.
kept up the pressure in second as Thomas Brennan struck twice in quick succession in the first half to see off visitors Knaresborough Town
with a 2-0 win.
strengthened their promotion aspirations in fourth as an early Andrew Ring double helped them to a 4-2 defeat of visitors Yorkshire Amateur
drew 3-3 at home with Glasshoughton Welfare.
Ryan Poskitt's injury-time penalty, his second goal of the afternoon, grabbed a point for the visitors who stay tenth whilst Hallam remain sixth, six points ahead of Knaresborough who are just outside the play-off zone.
Basement side Nostell Miners Welfare
have reached the point of no return after Rhys Vazquez and Joel Shortland condemned them to a 2-0 home loss at the hands of Winterton Rangers
It means they are now fifteen points away from safety, and with only five matches left to play, they must win all of their remaining games and hope Worsbrough Bridge Athletic
fail to pick up a point to have any chance of avoiding a bottom two finish.
Worsbrough would have confirmed a place in the relegation zone for Nostell had they come away from Eccleshill United
with at least a draw but the Eagles soared to a 6-0 victory, Matthew Waller's hat-trick helping to make it a comfortable afternoon for the hosts.
Westella & Willerby
remain the other side below the dotted line, nine points behind Worsbrough, as Wayne Brook's goal for Selby Town
sealed a 1-0 home loss.
Eli Hey and Jacob Buchanen netted for Campion
in a 2-0 victory at Teversal
whilst Thomas Cooke and Kyle Ludlow earned Ollerton Town
a 2-1 home win over neighbours Shirebrook Town
after Mark Robinson had given the away side a sixteenth minute lead.
And, honours were even at the Hawthorns as Sam O'Malley's opener for hosts Brigg Town
was cancelled out by Dronfield Town
's Jamie Willis before half-time in a 1-1 draw.