Former Carlisle United and Workington Reds midfielder Jordan Holt slid Carlisle City into the next round of the FA Vase.
Holt scored the 64th minute winner – the only goal of the game – to see City through against Guisborough at Gillford Park.
He had managed to stretch-out a long leg to reach the ball before the advancing keeper, and then calmly roll it home from eight yards out.
It was a deserving victory for the Cumbrians who will be at home to Esh Winning in the next round.
City had made just the one change from last week’s 5-2 win at Birtley as Matty Hartley stepped in for the injured Sam Atkinson. Guisborough, who were on a run of three drawn games, gave a debut to recent signing Harry Pilkington, who has moved from Consett.
The rules allow the naming of seven substitutes in this competition so it was surprising to see the visitors with just three, whilst City named six including two goalkeepers as well as Brandon Longcake, on the comeback trail after an incredible run of bad luck with injury.
The game was to be littered with petty bouts of bad temper and the first of these saw something of a mismatch in size as Johnson squared up to Kirkup, and the referee saw fit to lecture both captains as to future conduct.
Guisborough didn’t threaten much in the early stages although Kirkup did have to concede a corner on 16 minutes but he cleared this away himself.
The game was being marred by too many fouls and bouts of petty aggression but there was a chance from a City corner in the 24th minute.It was cleared back to Palmer who then shot badly wide.
City were now pushing strongly as a 26th-minute corner was cleared and a free-kick two minutes later from Palmer was saved by Dean.
The hosts were forcing a series of corners. One on the half-hour was headed wide by Kirkup and, three minutes later, Holt shot wide as a corner dropped to him.
In the 38th minute, Guisborough probably had their best chance of the game as a right-wing cross dropped kindly to Johnson, but good pressure from Olsen distracted him and the ball went out for a fruitless corner.
There was drama as half-time approached when Hartley ran onto a long ball with Dean advancing out of his penalty area. Hartley got there first and his attempted lob was blocked by the hand of Dean, outside of his area and leaving little choice for the referee other than to issue a red card.
One of the substitutes took over in goal but Palmer’s resulting free-kick was saved.
With the man advantage for the second-half City tried to take the initiative and Holt fired over on 54 minutes before Simpson broke well down the right only to see his cross intercepted by the keeper. was then clean through on 56 minutes only to be foiled by the replacement keeper.
In the 64th minute came the breakthrough by Holt and City dominated the gamefrom that point.
Longcake came on for Hartley for the last 20 minutes and was soon involved as he fired in a great cross from the right that just evaded a final touch. Holt was fouled on 73 minutes and Longcake’s free-kick was easily saved.
Longcake had another free-kick saved and in the 90th minute, a chance for Holt was skewed wide before the replacement keeper produced a remarkable save to deny Longcake.
The resulting corner was cleared to Longcake who fired too high and as injury time went into seven minutes, an away corner saw everyone in the City box but to no avail and the hosts were forcing the pace again at the final whistle.