SkyBet League Two high-flyers Luton Town won the Bedfordshire FA Senior Cup for the first time in six years after surviving a late comeback from Evo-Stik League South Premier side Biggleswade Town at Kenilworth Road.
Biggleswade took the lead with just 80 seconds on the clock when Greg Kaziboni’s floated cross cleared Harry Isted and went in off the inside of the far post.
But the Town responded well and were level by the 11th minute through Jake Jervis, who lifted the ball over former Hatters keeper Liam Gooch from just inside the box.
They had the lead 10 minutes later when Jordan Cook unleashed a powerful effort across Gooch into the bottom corner.
Cook had his second on 35 minutes when Aaron Jarvis chested the ball into Jack Senior’s path, but the full-back’s surge into the area was halted by a trip from Waders goalscorer Kaziboni and Cook converted from the penalty spot.
Jervis got his second of the night 2 minutes before the break, capitalising on two Biggleswade defenders getting in each other’s way and lashing in left-footed from just inside the box.
There was a lull at the start of the second half, which burst into life when substitute Liam Brooks headed captain Craig Daniel’s right-wing cross in off the far post with just over a quarter-of-an-hour to go.
And the Waders made it a nervous last few minutes when they netted a third with 90 minutes up through Robbie Parker’s volley from the edge of the box.
Biggleswade`s league rivals Hereford FC had a rather more comfortable 7-0 win over Herefordshire FA County League Premier side Ewyas Harold in the Herefordshire County FA Challenge Cup semi-final.
In front of a decent crowd of 405 at Edgar Street, Elliot Richards bagged a brace and there were singles for the returning Jamie Cuss, Lance Smith, Mike McGrath, Jamie Bird and Jack Deaman.
Evo-Stik League South West side Paulton Rovers made it through to the final of the Somerset Premier Cup after beating Toolstation Western League Premier Division visitors Wellington 4-1.
Rovers took the lead just before the half-hour mark when Omar Simpson headed the ball over Wellington `keeper Tom Welch before knocking it home.
Just after the break Joe Guest headed home number two and Liam Monelle made progress virtually certain with a third.
Wellington pulled one back with 15 minutes remaining when Charlie Bridges was brought down in the box and Sam Towler netted from the spot.
But Rovers completed the scoring when Monelle was hauled down by Tom Hawkings in the box and Josh Morgan-Williams scored from the spot to make it 4-1.
Vanarama National League North side Chorley made it through to the final of the Partners Foundation Lancs FA Challenge Trophy after beating Evo-Stik League Premier visitors Lancaster City at Victory Park in front of a decent crowd of 484.
The Magpies booked their place at the end-of-season showpiece for the fourth time in five years, thanks to an 18th minute Jason Walker strike.
Chorley will face Evo-Stik league North outfit Clitheroe at the Macron Stadium on April 23rd.
There was better news for the Dolly Blues` league rivals Hednesford Town, however, as they hammered runaway Evo-Stik League South leaders Basford United 5-0 at Keys Park to reach the semi-finals of the Integro League Cup.
It was 3-0 at the break, courtesy of a Danny Glover brace and one from Jordan Graham, and then 4-0 immediately after the restart when Kieren Fenton sliced the ball past his own keeper.
Charlie Gatter made it a nap hand for the Pitmen 5 minutes from time.
Evo-Stik League South side Frickley Athletic made it through to the semi-finals of the Sheffield & Hallam Senior Cup after edging out Toolstation Northern Counties East League Division One hosts Swallownest.
Jacob Hazel broke the deadlock to give Frickley the lead 3 minutes after half-time with a terrific 30-yard effort.
Nathan Morritt pulled the lower league hosts level 4 minutes later though and it looked like heading for extra-time and penalties until Hazel`s stoppage time shot was deemed to have been handled in the box and Tom Dugdale kept his cool to convert the resulting penalty.
Former Charlton Athletic favourite Kevin Lisbie was the hero for Southern Counties East League Premier Division side Cray Valley PM as they beat Bostik League Premier hosts Tooting & Mitcham United in the semi-finals of the London County Cup.
Lisbie, who made 155 appearances for Charlton and 111 for Leyton Orient, popped up with goals in the 77th and 85th minutes.
Better news for Tooting`s league rivals Leiston though as the play-off chasers made it through to the final of the Suffolk County Cup after a 3-1 win over Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division neighbours Kirkley & Pakefield at Lowestoft Town’s Amber Dew Stadium.
Leiston got off to a terrible start though as Max Wall’s cross was met by a looping Kyle Haylock header from the edge of the box that deceived Marcus Garnham and struck the upright before rebounding off the Blues keeper into the net with barely 2 minutes
The Blues quickly levelled through Christy Finch after 7 minutes and went ahead after 25 minutes, courtesy of former Trawlerboy Jake Reed.
Finch grabbed his second and Leiston`s third in the last minute of normal time.