Peterborough United 2, Kidderminster Harriers 3

MAGNIFICENT Harriers polished off League One Posh to write another chapter in the club’s impressive FA Cup history.

It was only fitting that in the 20th anniversary season of Kidderminster’s impressive run to the fifth round, the Carpetmen produced another cup upset during an unforgettable replay on Tuesday night.

The current generation will now be mentioned in the same breath as past cup legends such as Delwyn Humphreys and Jon Purdie.

The Skrill Premier side’s reward for knocking out a team two divisions above them is a mouthwatering Fourth Round tie at the Stadium of Light against Premier League Sunderland.

While the £67,500 in prize money will also be a welcome windfall, victory was all about the fans.

The 600-strong Kidderminster contingent made the difference. Even when the team fell behind to Tommy Rowe’s 26th-minute header, they inspired Harriers.

Their backing paid off when Peterborough-born striker Michael Gash met Danny Jackman’s sweeping cross to head home a leveller in the 48th minute.

Mark Little hit the base of the post for Posh but Jack Byrne fired Harriers ahead in the 52nd minute from the edge of the box, when keeper Bobby Olejnik could only help it into the back of the net.

Stunned Peterborough made it 2-2 when Lee Vaughan fouled Britt Assombalonga, and the predatory Posh striker blasted his penalty into the back of the net in the 74th minute.

Joe Lolley, playing in his final game before his transfer to Championship side Huddersfield, had the final say barely 120 seconds later, cracking a 25-yard effort into the bottom right corner to make it 11 goals for the season.

New manager Andy Thorn, who won the competition with Wimbledon in 1988, said: “That is the magic of the cup. Peterborough are a very good team, they are well-managed, well-coached and are a good footballing side.

“If you come to these places and try to out-football a team two levels above you you are heading for disaster. We had a game plan and the boys stuck to it and believed in it. They deserve immense credit.”

Harriers: Lewis 10, L Vaughan 10, Demetriou 10, Storer 10, Byrne 10, Fowler 10, Gash 10, Jackman 10, Lolley 10 (Dyer, 88), Morgan-Smith 10 (Johnson, 57), Gowling 10. Subs not used: N Vaughan, Dunkley, Malbon, Angus, Riis.

Peterborough: Olejnik, Brisley, Bostwick, Payne, Assomalonga, Rowe (Newell, 37), Anderson (McCann, 53), Kearns (Swamson, 53), Knight-Percival, Little, Jeffers. Subs not used: Day, Nithe, Ephraim, Coulson. Referee: Andy D’Urso. Attendance: 3,483.