BEWDLEY Town battled back from the dead to book their place in the next stage of the FA Vase.

The Ribbesford Meadow men appeared to be heading for an early Vase exit after going 2-0 down to Hellenic League side Hereford Lads Club but recovered in time to progress following a tense penalty shoot-out.

The Lads went in front after 28 minutes  when Cameron Peters side footed home 
James Hancock's cross.

Bewdley should have levelled  but Lads goalkeeper Steve Bell  pulled off a string of fine saves to keep out both Simon Rudd and Dylan Hart.

It looked like curtains for Bewdley when the Lads went further  ahead on 75 minutes when goalkeeper Joe Sidaway kept out Tom Bedall's initial effort but Bednall followed up to net at the second attempt.

Brave Bewdley bounced back two minutes later when Josh Carpenter  picked out Sam Lester to score from close range.

Bewdley left it late but levelled in the 89th minute when Sidaway's clearance kick was flicked on by Hart for Rudd to beat goalkeeper Bell in a race for possession and score.

Ice cool Bewdley then held their nerve in a 16 attempt penalty shoot out to triumph 7-6.

Dudley Town also progressed  in the Vase after beating Alsager Town 2-0.

The Robins put on their Sunday best in front of a 200 strong crowd at Sporting Khalsa's Aspray Arena to triumph thanks to goals from Rhys Horton and Alex Perry.

On the downside, Dudley Sports were crushed 7-0 at higher ranked Gresley Rovers while Tividale went out 3-0 following a long distance trip to Whitchurch Alport.

Cradley Town also lost interest in this season's FA Vase when crashing out 3-0 at Leicester Road.

On the Midland League front, OJM Black Country Rangers went down 3-2 to Wednesfield at Lye Town, Louie Mason netting twice with Jake Pain also on target.