Leon Sewell did not know whether to laugh or cry after watching Hall Road Rangers desperately hang onto a 6-5 FA Vase victory at Worsbrough Bridge.
Sewell saw his team fall 2-0 behind before recovering to hold a 4-2 half-time lead. Rangers then led 6-3 with 15 minutes remaining before Worsbrough somehow got back in it and nearly forced extra-time.
“I think it was defensive naivety, pure entertainment and the Benny Hill show, a bit of all three,” Sewell told Non League Yorkshire.
“It is massively mixed emotions for me. I do have to give my lads some praise. We scored six good goals, certainly the third, fourth, fifth and sixth goals were well-struck efforts on targets.
“For Gary (Bradshaw) to score from 30 yards and then Conner (Harman) to do it a minute later was fantastic. That’s a sign of quality in the team.
“We’ve come and put last week (the 6-0 defeat to Campion) to bed when we had eight missing. The main thing is that we’re through to the next round. It wasn’t pretty, but we’re through.
“There was definitely value for money for those who came to watch. We set our stall out and got to the 20 minute mark at 0-0, but we pressed a button and let them score two cheap goals.
“We then scored four good goals. The second half and Worsbrough were always were going to have a spell and fair play to them, they made the most of it.
“We have got out of jail if I’m honest. There’s a lot of reflection to do.
“We let them back into it and it was concentration levels. Physically we’re there, but mentally we switched off and it is very true that it should have been 6-6 in the last minute with that effort (which hit the crossbar). We’d have been on penalties by now.”