Mike Carmody will have a spring in his step as he walks down Selby Town centre this morning after guiding Armthorpe Welfare to a 5-3 win over Selby Town in the West Riding County Cup first round.
Armthorpe will now face Farsley Celtic in the second round, which contains sides like Barnoldswick Town, Pontefract Collieries and Brighouse Town.
Christian Fox will probably see the defeat as a good thing as his promotion-chasing side need to avoid severe fixture congestion if they want success this season. His side are fighting on three fronts, in the NCEL, FA Vase and the notoriously postponement-laden League Cup.
Carmody, who lives in Selby, watched his side take a seventh minute lead through Luke Williams.
Close to half-time, Darren Mansaram scored before Alex Burton pulled one back for Selby.
Ex-Selby star Jordan Snodin’s cross was deflected into the net on the hour, but the game remained tight as prolific striker Chris Jackson brought Selby back into it.
A penalty from the Showman Ryan Poskitt restored Armthorpe’s two-goal advantage.
Selby kept coming back through and an exceptional free kick from Liam Flanagan set up a grandstand finish.
Armthorpe had to hold their nerve and fortunately for them, Williams burst clear during injury time to seal it.