Hemel Hempstead Town FC are through to the FA Cup Third Qualifying Round after narrowly beating AFC Dunstable 2-1 away from home thanks to a 67th minute penalty from Matt Bateman.
The Tudors went ahead in the first half but were pegged back early in the second and had to fight hard to progress in the prestigious cup competition.
Jonathan Lacey almost gave Hemel the lead after 10 minutes but was spectacularly denied by Dunstable’s number one.
Hemel’s goal eventually came just before half time after Jacob Evans floated in a great cross for Jake Evans to head home powerfully.
AFC Dunstable, who are two leagues below Hemel, equalised in the second half thanks to BJ Christie who managed to turn and shoot and fire his effort beyond Danny Boness.
The Tudors found themselves back in front after Young was tripped inside the box, and Bateman stepped up for the penalty and made no mistake with the finish.
Hemel, despite looking comfortable for most of the game, almost had to go through a penalty shootout if it wasn’t for Boness’ wonderful save in the final minute of the game.
The Tudors held on in the end to progress to the next round of the FA Cup, with the draw yet to be made.
The round is scheduled to take place in 10 days time.