SHOLING progressed into the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup for the first time in the club's history after overcoming both Walton Casuals and the floodlights.

Two goals from Stuart Green helped the Boatmen to a 5-2 win, but that only told half the story.

Sholing took an early lead at Mackoy Stadium against a side who compete a level above them in the Southern League pyramid, netting in just the fourth minute through Green.

But Walton completed the turnaround to go 2-1 up thanks to a Kyen Nicholas brace.

Green quickly levelled up before the game was plunged into darkness when many of the floodlights failed, causing a big delay to the contest.

With the problem seemingly fixed, the sides were about to get back underway, only for the lights to again go out.

The lights eventually returned, and so did the football, with the first half eventually drawing to a close 98 minutes after it began.

Both sides turned straight round to start the second period and Sholing quickly got their noses in front thanks to Charlie Wagstaffe.

Daniel Mason soon made it 4-2 from the penalty spot after a foul on Green and the win was sealed through Brad Targett.

Boss Dave Diaper has managed more than 1,000 games for the Boatmen, guiding them to glory in the FA Vase in 2014, but this is the first time they have made it so far in the FA Cup.

They add £5,625 in prize money for the victory over Walton to successes in the previous rounds against Bemerton Heath Harlequins, Fairford Town and Saltash United and are now just 90 minutes away from reaching the first-round proper.