On a sunny Sunday afternoon in Seven Kings, Essex Senior League side Barkingside hosted Thurlow Nunn One Whitton United at Cricklefield.
And it was the visitors who edged the tie by the odd goal in five.
Gianfranco Mallardo, Billy Wales and Ryan Rampley gave Whitton a 3-0 interval lead.
But the hosts then struck twice in 5 minutes in the second half to get themselves right back in the game, firstly grabbing one back with 20 minutes left when Raphael Duyile slotted past the Whitton keeper, and then 5 minutes later saw Tony Cookey head home at the far post and give the hosts hope, but United held firm.
There was disappointment for Toolstation Northern Counties East League Division One side Ollerton Town as they went out at the hands of former NCEL side and now Humber Premier League Westella & Willerby, 4-0.
Two more Southern Counties East League clubs went through to the First Round proper on Sunday.
Canterbury City had a comfortable 3-0 win at home to Southern Combination League side AFC Uckfield Town with goals from Matt Martin, Dave Pilcher from the spot and Sam Conlon.
Erith Town had a tighter 1-0 win at home to another SCL outfit, Mile Oak.
Their goal came from a 24th minute Ryan Golding penalty conversion.
A 75th minute Tom Duddy effort saw Leicestershire Senior League side Bardon Hill through at Midland League Division One Uttoxeter Town.
Hallmark Security League Premier Division rivals 1874 Northwich and Congleton Town will need a reply on Tuesday after they shared a 1-1 draw after extra-time.
The Bears took a 35th minute lead through Emini Adegbenro, only for Jake Parker to level within 3 minutes.
And Midland League Premier Division Coventry United went through 2-1 at home to West Midlands (Regional) League outfit Stone Old Alleynians.
Finalising Saturday`s round-up, twenty-four ties involving Toolstation Northern Counties East League sides were played on Saturday, with thirteen of them booking their place in the next round and waiting for Monday’s draw to see who they will face in the First Round in October.
There were three all-NCEL ties with Clipstone coming from behind to beat hosts and Premier Division rivals Barton Town who had taken a 9th minute lead thanks to a Ben Burbanks own goal.
Fenn Radford drew the sides level midway through the second period and then Brendan Williams grabbed the winner for the Cobras with 9 minutes remaining and Barton announced after the 2-1 defeat that manager Dave Botham had left the club.
Liversedge’s trip to Hemsworth Miners Welfare went to extra-time after the visitors’ 26th minute opener from Joe Walton was cancelled out soon after by Lloyd Henderson.
Tom Brook restored their advantage in the 100th minute and Regan Fish then doubled their lead before Richard Collier pulled one back for Hemsworth in the second period of extra-time but `Sedge held on for a 3-2 win.
Rossington Main and Hallam will meet again on Tuesday after they drew 2-2 at Oxford Street, Declan Howe with an injury-time equaliser for Main after Hallam had thought they had snatched the victory when Mitchell Dunn had put them 2-1 up on 88 minutes.
There were wins on their travels against non-NCEL opposition for six of our sides with FC Bolsover and Pontefract Collieries both claiming 4-1 victories.
Bolsover came from behind at Melton Town with goals from Josh Parfitt, Ben Goodwin, Montelle Kamara and Benjamin Copestake securing an ultimately comfortable win at their ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League hosts.
Eli Hey struck twice for the Colls as they marched through at Hallmark Security League side Winsford United, Mark Whitehouse and Kane Reece opening the scoring for them before the home grabbed a late consolation.
There were also two goals for Adam Lee as Staveley Miners Welfare progressed 4-2 at Midland League hosts Loughborough University whilst Alex Slack and Jonny Bullivant struck in quick succession as AFC Emley prevailed, 2-0, at Sandbach United and Brad Walker and Colin Heath were the heroes for Knaresborough Town as they won 2-1 at Jarrow Roofing Boldon CA of the Ebac Northern League.
Ryan Baxter’s double helped Dronfield Town to a 4-2 extra-time win over visitors Barnton, Garforth Town join them in the hat as Sean Hunter, Callum Ward and Mitchell Hamilton secured them a 3-2 home victory over Nelson and Daniel Chambers netted two of Hall Road Rangers’ tally in their 4-1 defeat of visitors Skegness Town.
Shirebrook Town won 3-1 against Long Eaton United, Sam Smith and Nathan Clarke’s last-gasp goals securing their victory at Langwith Road, whilst Worksop Town join them at the next stage as a Kyle Jordan brace helped the Tigers to a 3-0 win at home over Kirby Muxloe.
Sadly, seven teams bowed out on Saturday – Armthorpe Welfare, Bottesford Town, Glasshoughton Welfare, Maltby Main, Nostell Miners Welfare, Parkgate, Retford United and Thackley – against non-NCEL sides.