Accrington Stanley secured £67,500 and their name in the draw on Monday after reaching the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup thanks to an Omar Beckles winner.
Defender Beckles headed home in the 57th minute against fellow League Two side Luton Town and it’s the first time the Reds have reached this stage of the prestigious competition since 2009/10 season when they were knocked out by Fulham.
As John Coleman has said, the finances are massive to a club like Accrington and the prospect of facing a Premier League side – after facing West Ham in the EFL Cup earlier this season – means Stanley fans will be glued to the draw on Monday night.
Hull loan striker Jonny Edwards made his full debut for the Reds against the Hatters at a foggy Wham Stadium after signing on New Year’s Day.
Stanley started well with Matty Pearson having a header cleared and then a follow-up shot by Beckles was blocked in the box.
Luton looked a threat but hadn’t tested Aaron Chapman while, in a quick break from the Reds on 16 minutes, Billy Kee fed Edwards but his shot was wide.
The Hatters would have taken the lead on 29 minutes when Jake Gray set up Isaac Vassell in the area but a superb clearance from Pearson on the line stopped a certain goal.
The visitors came more into it towards the end of the half with Omar Beckles making a superb tackle to stop Vassell running free while Jonathan Smith’s 20 yard effort was wide.
However Stanley took the lead through a wonder goal in injury time stoppage time when Kee found Sean McConville to the left 25 yards out and found the top corner of the net.
Luton came out fighting after the break though and they drew level on 53 minutes when Chapman kept out sub Jack Marriott’s shot and Jake Gray pounced next to fire home the equaliser.
It was short-lived though, as three minutes later, McConville’s cross was headed home by defender Beckles.
Luton had chances to level with scorer Gray firing just wide while Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu saw an effort deflected off-target.
But Stanley also pressed for a third and Luton went down to ten men when Glen Rea was sent off for a second bookable offence in injury time.
Through the increasingly dense fog, Stanley celebrated a massive FA Cup win adding Luton to the scalps of Bradford and Woking this season.