CREWE FC progressed to the second round of the President's Cup thanks to the penalty shoot-out heroics of keeper Steve Harding.
Two acrobatic stops from the Crewe number one cancelled out misses from Darren Vickers and Danny Massey before Mark Blackburn wrapped up the win with his penalty.
But despite winning the game in dramatic fashion, manager Ian O'Reilly felt the game should have been won in the 90 minutes.
He said: 'They had one shot on goal and they scored from it. We had a lot of chances and John Scarle could have finished it near the end. Jez Tagg put in a cracking ball but John was unlucky to put his shot wide.
'We were the better side in open play and they didn't really trouble our keeper. We've done well though because Daten are in the league above.'
Crewe also rued great chances from Sean Gilraine and PJ Hudson but O'Reilly was full of praise for his keeper Harding.
He said: 'Hardy is going to save at least two penalties in shoot outs, he's been absolutely superb over the last eight or nine weeks and is the main reason we've been doing so well.
'Hopefully we can go on and win the trophy. We're on a bit of a run, but we'll keep our feet on the ground.'
In the meantime, Crewe return to the bread and butter of Mid Cheshire League Division Two football with a trip to Congleton Town to play their reserve team on Saturday.
Crewe are three points off top spot with a game in hand but Congleton reserves are languishing at the foot of the table with only nine points.
O'Reilly believes league placings won't have much bearing on the game. He said: 'Congleton's league position means nothing, and I'll be expecting the same standard of performance from the lads.'