This week has seen teams in the Evo-Stik League Premier, North and South involved in the Integro League Cup.
Monday`s game saw an amazing encounter between South rivals Belper Town and league leades Basford United at Christchurch Meadow which ended 5-5!
Despite playing over 70 minutes with ten-men when debutant full-back Austen Symons saw red for a challenge on the halfway line, a youthful Basford side overcome adversity to win 5-4 on penalties.
Veteran Rob Duffy, who is on the comeback trail from a long-term injury, bagged a brace for the Nottinghamshire side.
It was a busy Tuesday night of cup action with no less than eight ties going all the way to spot-kicks.
Premier rivals Sutton Coldfield Town and Stafford Rangers shared a 1-1 draw at Coles Lane before Rangers triumphed 6-5 on penalties, and it was the same fill-time score at the Sir Halley Stewart Fields between Spalding United and Gresley FC, whose Ryan Robbins equalised in stoppage time before the Moatmen carried on their momentum to win 4-3 from the spot.
North title favourites South Shields and Premier promotion-chasers Farsley Celtic drew 2-2 at Mariners Park in front of an evening`s best attendance of 1,056.
Shields led 2-0 with goals from Michael Richardson after 53 minutes and Jon Shaw in the 55th minute before Celtic battled back to level late on through James Pollard on 89 minutes and then Luke Parkin`s penalty 3 minutes into time added on.
But it was Shields who won the shoot-out 5-3.
It finished goalless between North rivals Hyde United and Trafford at Ewen Fields before the Tigers won through 5-4 on spot-kicks.
South basement side Romulus caused the evening`s biggest `surprise` outcome by beating Premier outfit Halesowen Town on their own Grove patch.
The Roms` Harry Harris cancelled out John McAtee`s goal on the half-hour mark for the hosts in the 64th minute.
And the visitors won 4-3 in the shoot-out.
It also finished 1-1 between North rivals Glossop North End and Mossley AFC before the visitors won through, also 4-3, on penalties.
South rivals Frickley Athletic and Stocksbridge Park Steels battled out a 3-3 draw at Westfield Lane, with Brodie Litchfield the Steels` hero with a hat-trick.
Steels won through 7-6 on penalties.
And it was the same 90-minute scoreline at Moss Lane between Altrincham and Premier rivals Ashton United with the hosts going through 4-3 on pens.
Apart from Halesowen, the only other Premier sides to bow out to lower division opponents on Tuesday were Barwell, Whitby Town and, surprisingly, high-flying Shaw Lane AFC.
South side Bedworth United won 2-0 at the Oval against Barwell with goals from Yusupha Ceesay and a late Janabi Amour effort.
Whitby lost 2-1 at the Turnbull Ground to North neighbours Scarborough Athletic.
A crowd of 643 saw Niall McGoldrick`s 21st minute effort take the home side into the break in front.
But Charlie Binns on 68 minutes and then Nathan Valentine 3 minutes from time won it for the Seadogs.
Whilst at Sheerien Park, Shaw Lane bowed out 5-3 to South newcomers Cleethorpes Town, whose Danny North bagged a brace.
Elsewhere on Tuesday, Premier side Witton Albion sailed through 3-0 at Wincham Park against Jon Macken`s Radcliffe Borough, Stamford AFC won the all-South derby against Peterborough Sports, courtesy of a goal 5 minutes from time from Pearson Mwanyongo, Newcastle Town won 3-1 at home against South rivals Market Drayton Town with Matt Thomas on target twice, and Atherton Collieries beat struggling North rivals Skelmersdale United 3-0 at Stormy Corner, thanks to a brace from Iain Howard.
High-flying Bamber Bridge won another all-North tie at Valerie Park against Prescot Cables 4-1 with goals in the final 20 minutes from Brad Carsley and James Boyd making sure.
More Premier sides through include Workington AFC, who won 2-1 at North hosts Colne, thanks to Rob Wilson and Sam Joel, Warrington Town, who edged out another North side Colwyn Bay by the odd goal in five at Llanelian Road with Aboubacar Sanogo bagging a brace, Grantham Town, who won the derby at The Meres against South neighbours Lincoln United, also by the odd goal in five in which Jordan Hempenstall`s two for the Gingerbreads proved decisive.
Lancaster City won 2-1 at North neighbours Kendal Town, while Marine AFC saw off Kendal`s league rivals Brighouse Town 4-1 with a double from Danny Mitchley.
And Andy Dales, Pablo Mills and Tevahn Tyrell were on target for Mickleover Sports as they went through 3-1 at home to South side Loughborough Dynamo.
Hednesford Town won an all-Premier tie against Rushall Olympic 2-0 at Keys Park, thanks to a Jordan Graham double.
Wednesday night saw Premier side Matlock Town scrape through 4-1 on penalties at South outfit Carlton Town after a 1-1 draw in normal time, while Kidsgrove Athletic won the all-South derby 2-1 at home against neighbours Leek Town, thanks to a stoppage time Anthony Malbon effort.