GJ Gardener Wanganui Athletic have advanced to the next round of the Lotto Federation Cup in three weeks, and by then coach Jason King's fingernails should have grown back after their penalty shootout victory over Port Hill United at Marewa Park on Saturday.

In an extraordinary game of football, Athletic went out to an early 2-0 lead but then had to comeback twice to tie the match – 3-3 after regulation time and then 4-4 with a somewhat contentious goal inside the last minute of extra time in Napier.

Having lost the referee to a pulled hamstring in the 26th