Boston United are in the hat for Monday’s FA Cup draw following a routine 2-1 victory at Kirby Muxloe.
The upset was on with just 13 minutes gone when Leon Fray fired the hosts of the United Counties League Premier in front, but goals from Joe Maguire and Jay Rollins ensured it was the Pilgrims who avoided any potential banana skins and progressed in this second qualifying round clash at Ratby Lane.
Dennis Greene made three changes to the side which beat Alfreton Town 3-2 with that late drama in the National league North on Tuesday, Courtney Wildin, Michael Emery and Kalern Thomas replacing Marcus Marshall, Dion-Curtis Henry and Joe Burgess.
Emery made his Pilgrims debut after Peterborough United opted not to let on-loan keeper Henry take his place between the sticks.
And he was picking the ball out of his net early on after the away side failed to clear a corner, the ball landing kindly for Fray who slotted home from 12 yards out.
But Boston were level eight minutes later as Maguire’s header struck the back of teammate Joe Robinson, the ball rebounding back off Maguire and looping into the net.
Rollins’ scintilating form continued with the attacker causing Muxloe endless problems with his pace and direct approach.
In the space of three first-half minutes he’d shot over, brought a save from James Flinders and put the Pilgrims in front.
That goal, coming in the 39th minute, saw Gregg Smith flick on Jason St Juste’s long ball, allowing Rollins to run into space and tuck home a low left-footed shot.
After the break United continued to pile on the pressure, Flinders denying both Rollins and Smith - who signed a two-year deal with the club on Thursday - in the space of 30 seconds before getting down well to save Lewis Hilliard’s placed effort.
At the other end, Emery was called upon to hold Danny Agar’s hopeful effort and parry Jake Tomlinson’s strike after the player was through on goal.
Kirby were plucky but rarely in the game following Maguire’s leveller.
The scoreline may not quite have shown the gulf in ability between the two sides - who sit three divisions apart - but the better team on the day progressed.
With the £4,500 prizemoney in the bank, it’s Boston who will be involved in MOnday’s third qualifying round draw.
KIRBY: Flinders, Doy, O’Brien, Wilson, Fray, Love, Cheshire, Burniston, Agar, Tonlinson, Lever; Subs (not used): Cooper, A. Love, Sheahan, Mururajani, Andrew.
UNITED: Emery, Thomas, St Juste, Wildin, Maguire, Robinson, Hilliard (Johnson 82), Agnew, Fairhurst (Marshall HT), Smith, Rollins; Subs (not used): Adams, Colley, Burgess, Price, Payne.
Ref: Danny Middleton.