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MOTORS boss Carl Macauley cut a relieved figure at full-time on Saturday after his side almost blew a three-goal lead.
The Motormen survived a late onslaught at UniBond Division One South outfit Quorn to sneak into the FA Trophy first round proper.
They will now face King’s Lynn at Rivacre Park on Saturday, December 12 (3pm).
Watched by 175 supporters at Quorn’s Farley Way Stadium, Motors raced into a 1-0 lead when Brian Moogan converted a penalty, which had been awarded for handball.
It was not until the 55th minute that Motors doubled their lead through Josh Wilson but it soon became three 3-0 when Josh Hine headed home from close range.
With the game entering its final quarter, Macauley threw on Lee Owens, back from a 12-month injury lay-off, Lee Furlong and Lee Dames, but it almost cost them dear as Quorn hit back twice in the last 10 minutes to set up a grandstand finish.
Macauley said: “We expected it to be a tough game but they had done their homework on us and broke things up.
“They gave us a few kicks but we like to play football and we were 3-0 up and thought the game was dead.
“It was great to get the lads on who have been away injured for a while but it almost backfired.”
Macauley was delighted to get a home tie in the next round.
“It’s great to be at home as we have had a lot of away games in the cup competitions,” he said.
“It will be another tough game for us, they have got an experienced manager in Carl Heggs and they are flying in the UniBond Premier.
“But we need to turn our cup form into league points now.”
Motors travel to Solihull Moors in Blue Square North on Saturday (3pm).
Next Tuesday’s home clash with Workington has been postponed because the Cumbrians are scheduled to be in rearranged FA Trophy action on the same night.