Hillingdon Borough finished their Ryman League Division One North match at East Thurrock United with only eight players - as they lost 4-0 last Tuesaday evening.
It was a night of mixed emotions for Boro boss Rob Burton, who was even forced to come out of retirement to bolster the numbers.
Unavailabilities and injuries saw Boro set off for Essex with only nine players and then delays on the M25 meant that the match did not even kick off until 8.15om.
Things went from bad to worse as Boro trailed 4-0 at the interval despite a brave display by the nine men.
However, in the second half Boro defended superbly and they prevented high flying Thurrock from adding to their goal tally.
Boro had to play the last 30 minutes with only eight men after an injury to one of their players.
Boss Burton was also struggling and spent much of the second half limping on and off the pitch.
Burton said he was "really pleased" with his side's brave display and said the team were applauded off the pitch at the final whistle by the East Thurrock supporters.
The Boro boss added: "It was unbelievable, fantastic, to keep a clean sheet in the second half.
"It was a good work out for what was our first choice back four and they did superbly.
'We did not get back until after midnight and I have the question the league sending us to our second furthest away game in the league on a Tuesday evening.
"If it was not for the fact that we would have been fined by the league for not playing the match we would not have gone to Thurrock with only nine players."
Hayes and Yeading United set up a third qualifying round clash with Kingstonian after a thrilling 5-3 win after extra time in the FA Cup against Staines Town at Church Road.
Will Hendry put United ahead after 16 minutes only for Richard Butler to equalise for Staines four minuters later.
Goals from Matt Ruby on 28 minutes, his first for the club, and another strike from Hendry on 43 minutes then put United in control as they led 3-1 at the break.
However, a rare mistake by keeper Aaron Howe allowed Staines back into the match as he allowed a Elliot Onochie effort to slip through on 67 minutes.
Five minutes later Staines were back on level terms when Butler netted and this ultimately took the tie into extra time.
United then took control when substitute Kieran Knight slid the ball home after good work by Josh Scott on 99 minutes.
Staines had an effort ruled out for a foul on Howe and then in the dying minutes substitute Esmond James struck to complete a memorable 5-3 win for Garry Haylock's side and set up an away tie with Kingstonian.
Northwood chalked up their fifth Ryman League Division One North win of the season as they beat a physical Leyon side 3-0 at Chestnut Avenue.
The Woods produced some sparkling football at times and deserved their first half lead thanks to Bradley Hewitt's 31st minute goal.
Abdul Yoki fired home a spectacular second goal just before the hour mark and Michael Gordon wrapped up the scoring on 71 minutes when he finished off another fine Northwood move.
The win took Northwood above Leyton in the table and they now sit in ninth spot.