POWERFUL striker Joe Walton was the hero for Liversedge in the FA Trophy, but not in the way you might expect.

He had to come on in goal just before half-time in their second qualifying round clash at Clitheroe, after Sedge's only keeper in the matchday squad, Jordan Porter, was sent off for bringing down an opposing striker with the score at 1-1.

But Walton produced several brilliant saves in the second half to keep his side level, before he saved two penalties in their epic 10-9 shootout win.

Sedge started well, and were in front after seven minutes, when the prolific Gavin Allott turned home Jack Hardacre's cross.

Porter was forced to make a stunning close-range save to keep the visitors in front, but he and Kevy Tarangadzo soon got into an almighty mix up, with the stopper bringing his man down.

Cole Lonsdale slammed home the resulting penalty to bring Clitheroe back level.

Porter made another excellent save, this one from Louis Almond, after 38 minutes, but moments later, he was sent packing after bringing down his man in a one-on-one situation outside the box.

Walton came on to replace Paul Walker, but rather than the like for like that substitution normally is, he had to make his way between the sticks.

But the striker made good saves either side of the break, before he was beaten by Ross Dent on 66 minutes.

Fortunately, the ball cannoned back off the post and Sedge could breathe again.

Nicky Walker almost gave the 10-man visitors the lead soon after, but his chip hit the crossbar and went out for a goal kick.

Harrison Burke was denied from long-range by a fingertip Walton save, before Joel Mills fired just wide.

Kurt Harris made an important block for Sedge at the last to take it to spot-kicks, but all that hard work from the 10-men looked to have gone to waste when Ben Atkinson missed their first penalty.

But after that Sedge were faultless, and with Walton saving two of Clitheroe's efforts, the visitors pulled off an extraordinary victory.

Their reward for that backs to the wall triumph is a home tie against Scarborough Athletic in the third qualifying round on October 30.

In the NCEL Premier Division, Eccleshill United are showing no signs of slowing down, as they recorded a gutsy 2-1 win at Silsden to stay second.

It was the Eagles' eighth win a row in all competitions, but they had to work hard for it.

Jonny Irving and Talent Ndlovu both went close early on for the visitors, but chances were largely at a premium until Dan Illingworth put through his own net following Ben Bodle's ball in from the left.

That put Eccleshill 1-0 up at the break, and they made it two soon afterwards, with defender Sam Bradley heading home Ndlovu's back-post cross.

Sumaili Cissa then shot just over for the visitors, before Silsden grabbed a late lifeline with 15 minutes left, with former Thackley striker Jack Normanton finding the net.

Alex Cusack curled one just wide for Eccleshill just before the end, but that miss did not prove costly for the high-flying Eagles.

In the NWCFL First Division North, defender Luke Rhodes was the unlikely hero, as he netted twice in Campion's 2-1 come from behind win at Nelson.

Steeton are on fire at the moment, and they and Campion have gone from relegation contenders to comfortable mid-table berths in a matter of weeks.

The Chevrons thumped Garstang 4-1 at Marley, with Kayle Price and Joe Snowden both on target twice.