Late heartbreak saw Dronfield Town exit the FA Vase at the first time of asking away at Northern Counties East League Premier Division high-flyers Grimsby Borough.
Town looked to continue their successful cup exploits after a 3-1 win over Ashbourne in the Derbyshire Cup in midweek.
However, they fell behind to Liam Higton’s 28th minute direct free kick as Borough took a one-nil lead.
Town replied just eleven minutes later. Midfield general Lawrie Wilson latched on to Callum Mawbey’s assist to claim his first goal in the red and black stripes.
Dronfield remained level with the Premier Division side all the way until the 64th minute when they snatched an upset lead. Callum Mawbey converted from Connor Chappell’s corner and it looked like the Derbyshire side were in the box seat.
Town held out until the 84th minute when influential midfielder Jack Debnam pulled Grimsby level.
And the heartbreak was compounded when Grimsby’s Jack Bradbury pounced on the stroke of full time to send the Lincolnshire side through to the next round by 3-2.
Having run the Premier Division side so close, Dronfield boss Chris Millington will be looking forward to their next league game on Saturday when Brigg Town are the visitors to the HE Barnes Stadium.