Hook Norton are heading to Eastbourne next week, not for a late summer break but for the next round of the Emirates FA Cup.
They booked their place in the first qualifying round with a 4-2 extra-time victory in Tuesday’s replay at Burnham despite having keeper Kurt Fox red carded.
The UHLSport Hellenic League outfit were denied by a late equaliser in Saturday’s preliminary round tie at The Bourne which ended in a 1-1 draw. But they finished the job off in Tuesday’s replay at the Evo-Stik Southern League club and are now through to the first qualifying round for the first time in the club’s history where they will travel to Eastbourne United.
Hooky fell behind in the eighth minute of Tuesday’s replay at Wymer’s Wood Road Ground when James Suarez gave Burnham the ideal start. But Hooky took control, Dan Reeves volleyed over and Luc Thornton went close before the visitors went in front with goals either side of the interval.
A break from Joe Eyre set up Thornton for the 36th minute equaliser before he doubled his tally when he took advantage of a defensive mix-up five minutes after the restart.
The visitors retained the lead until the 71st minute when Carl Davies equalised from the penalty spot after Fox was sent off, beating replacement keeper Matt Dixon.
Hooky got back in front in the first period of extra-time through Marcus Green before the hosts were reduced to ten men and Simon Hall made the game safe in the second period before another Burnham player saw red.