LEVI King (pictured) crowned a brilliant day for Hanworth Villa with a stunning equaliser to earn an FA Cup replay against Slough Town on Tuesday night.
Playing the biggest game in their 35-year history, the Villains travelled to Beaconsfield, home of opponents Slough Town, looking for another giant-killing after knocking Ryman Premier side Aveley out in the last round.
With Slough playing a step below Aveley, but still a level above Villa, the hosts started the day as favourites – but Villa were always going to put on a show in front of two coachloads of travelling supporters.
Just 13 years ago, Slough Town were Conference regulars while Villa were still working their way through the Middlesex County Leagues – but history meant nothing to the men from Rectory Meadow with a place in the fourth qualifying round at stake.
For that is where the current Conference sides come into it, and Villa fans can dream of a tie against the likes of Luton, Lincoln, Grimsby or Darlington for three more days at least.
For all that, having survived a couple of early let offs, with Charlie Hare clearing off the line and Slough having a goal disallowed, Villa fell behind just five minutes in when their defence backed off, giving Chris Herron the time and space to pick his spot from the edge of the area.
Villa had another escape when Danny Burnell's header came back off the crossbar, but they deservedly equalised seven minutes before the break when Lawrie Shennan turned in a cross from Hare, whose corner had been cleared back out to him.
Slough were back in front on 56 minutes, when Paul Coyne pounced on a poor back pass by the unfortunate Lee Higgs to poke the ball past Villa keeper Terry Buss.
But 10 minutes later, the Villains were level once more when Jimmy Major was brought down 40 yards out, and King smashed an astonishing free-kick right into the top corner, before running the length of the pitch to celebrate with the hordes of Villa fans behind the other goal.
And so they will do it all again on Tuesday night back at Rectory Meadow, which is a trip Slough will not be relishing.