Washington are not counting their chickens, but they cannot wait for tomorrow night’s FA Cup second qualifying round replay with Marine at the Nissan Sports Complex (7.45pm kick-off).
Steven Hutchinson’s men were a match for the Evo-Stik League Premier Division side in Liverpool on Saturday and fully merited a 3-3 draw.
“I was over the moon at the result, which I would certainly have taken before kick-off,” said Hutchinson.
“We had a couple of late chances to win the tie at the first attempt, but I’m not complaining and getting them back for a replay is a tremendous result.
“We came down here in the dark, but we now know what they’ve got and we’ll be prepared for them tomorrow.”
Although the manager had his team well prepared, it wasn’t all plain sailing en route to Marine.
Because of a traffic hold-up, the team didn’t arrive until 35 minutes before kick-off.
“It was a matter of jumping off the bus, having a quick warm-up and getting on with it,” added Hutchinson.
It was Marine who drew first blood when Lloyd Ellams converted a 12th-minute penalty for a handling offence.
Within six minutes, the Mechanics were also awarded a spot-kick, again for hands which Mark Davison tucked away, but Marine quickly regained the initiative with a good finish by Chad White – after Josh Carmichael had made a magnificent save, tipping Carl Peers’ strike around the post.
Washington were then given a second penalty for a foul on Chris Winn and Davison fired the ball into the net to level at 2-2.
Before the interval, Winn gave the visitors the lead for the first time, with a good finish after the keeper made a mess of a deep cross, but, midway during the second period, Lewis Codling swept the ball into the net at the back post to ensure a rematch at Nissan.
Whitley Bay are the only Ebac Northern League side definitely through to the next round.
They came from behind to defeat Congleton Town 2-1, after trailing to Scott Magowan’s early goal.
The tie turned midway during the second half when Adam Shanks scored twice. He levelled on 66 minutes, after Alex Kempster’s shot had been blocked, and then made no mistake when put through by Chris Reid.
Newton Aycliffe live to fight another day and will replay at North Ferriby United tomorrow night following a goalless draw, but Consett went out to Bradford Park Avenue at the Belle View Stadium.
Dan Hawkins lobbed the goalkeeper from 30 yards to raise the Steelmen’s hopes of a superb win on 74 minutes, but, after Chib Chilaka levelled in the 83rd minute, Consett’s hearts were broken as Richard Marshall hit the winner four minutes into added time.
Spennymoor Town, of the Evo-Stik League Premier Division, lost 2-0 at home to Burscough.