Loughborough Dynamo progressed to the next round of the Emirates FA Cup after they beat Heather St Johns 1-0 at the ADT Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Carl Sibson’s first-half strike proved the difference between the two sides in a closely-fought encounter as The Moes go through to the Second Qualifying Round.
Dynamo boss Lee Attenborough made two changes to the side that beat Sherwood Colliery on Tuesday - Corbi Brown and Rob Norris replaced Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson and Alex Steadman in the Starting XI.
The Moes started the brighter of the two teams and created an early chance within the opening four minutes. Norris’ delivery caused havoc in the Heather box - the ball feel to Curtis Burrows who’s low effort was saved by Stuart Parsons.
St Johns, who ply their trade in the Midland Football League, grew into the contest, keeping possession without really conjuring-up any real opportunities.
In the 18th minute, Umar Zaman tried to lob Dynamo ‘keeper Jay Alexander with an ambitious attempt from 40 yards which he palmed wide.
Five minutes later, Loughborough defender Danny Gordon had an opportunity from a free-kick but his left-footed effort whistled just wife of target.
The Moes continued the press for an opening goal and they did so in the 36th minute. Burrows’ shot was palmed by Parsons straight to Sibson who slammed home from close range.
Dynamo went into the break with a 1-0 lead.
Attenborough’s side started the second-period positively as they forced two corners early on but both were cleared away from danger.
As the half wore on, Heather had to come out and try and grab a leveller. In the 68th minute, Malachi Farquharson met Zaman’s cross but his looping header flew just wide of Alexander’s right post.
The visitors pushed and pushed to equalise the scores but Dynamo stood firm and held on to seal a second successive one-nil victory.
Next up for The Moes is a trip to North Derbyshire to face Glossop North End on Tuesday evening.