Pools Reserves edged past Hebburn Town via a penalty shootout to book their place in Round Two of the Durham County Challenge Cup at Victoria Park on Wednesday night.
The Northern League Division Two team gave as good as they got during the tie and led until near the end but then Liam Travers grabbed a leveller and Pools went through on spot-kicks.
Backed by a vocal travelling support, it was Hebburn who had the first effort on goal as Mechak Kaanda let fly from long-range but his shot was well held by Ryan Catterick.
Pools looked dangerous attacking down the flanks, with Blair Adams busy on the left and his fizzing cross almost caused problems in the area for the visitors but no Pools player could apply a decisive touch.
After a quiet opening 45, Hebburn began the second half on the front foot and almost snatched the lead when a deep free-kick from the right found Paul Chow at the back post but he nodded his header just wide.
Scott Harrison could have opened the scoring in spectacular fashion just after the hour-mark when he latched on to a long diagonal ball from substitute Jack Cooper but he powered a volley just too high.
Hebburn were awarded a penalty on 68 minutes after a handball by Jacob Owen in the area but Ryan Catterick denied Chow with a superb penalty save away to his right.
However, it was only a brief let-off for Pools as they conceded a minute later. This time Catterick produced another good save to deny Chow on the left of the area but Kaanda was there to drill home the rebound.
Catterick was again forced in to action when Glen Hargrave drove infield from the right and let fly with a curling left-foot effort but the Pools keeper got down smartly to gather.
Pools began to press more as time went on and they got their rewards with eight minutes left when Scott Harrison retrieved a cleared corner and whipped an excellent cross back in to the box from the left to Liam Travers who glanced a header in to the net to level things up.
There could even have been a winner two minutes from time when Kenton Richardson fizzed a low ball across the six-yard box from the right but Travers couldn’t quite stretch enough to connect in the middle.
Substitute Joe Jackson came even closer seconds later when he nicked the ball on the edge of the Hebburn box but keeper Steven Hubery got down well to finger-tip his drive round the post.
However, they were held at bay and the tie went in to a penalty shootout, which was eventually won
Hebburn: Smith (missed) 0-0
Pools: Munns (scored) 1-0
Hebburn: Feasey (scored) 1-1
Pools: Hawkes (scored) 2-1
Hebburn: Wightman (scored) 2-2
Pools: Harrison (missed) 2-2
Hebburn: Hargrave (scored) 2-3
Pools: Simpson (scored) 3-3
Hebburn: Bickerstaff (missed) 3-3
Pools: Travers (missed) 3-3
Hebburn: Kaanda (scored) 3-4
Pools: Richardson (scored) 4-4
Hebburn: Malley (scored) 4-5
Pools: Owen (scored) 5-5
Hebburn: Donaghy (missed) 5-5
Pools: Cooper (scored) 6-5
Full Time: Pools 1 Hebburn Town 1 (Pools win 6-5 on penalties)
Pools: Catterick, Richardson, Harrison, Owen, Adams (Bayne 59), George (Cooper 59), Munns, Weirs (Jackson 78), Hawkes, Travers, Simpson.
Subs not used: Orrell, Boyle.